A CRITICALLY-ILL man had to be taken off a cruise liner by a lifeboat crew after suffering a heart attack.
The passenger – believed to be in his 50s – was rescued from the Crown Princess in the Solent on Sunday following its departure from Southampton.
He was taken on board a lifeboat from RNLI Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, along with his two travelling companions, and a doctor and a nurse.
From there he was quickly transported to Camber Docks in Old Portsmouth and then taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham by ambulance.
RNLI spokesman John Keyworth said the station received the call at about 10pm on Sunday.
‘It was a fairly routine call-out for us,’ he said. ‘But the man himself was very poorly indeed.
‘That is why he needed a doctor and nurse to go with him to shore.
‘He was taken on board and taken to the docks as fast as possible.’
He added: ‘He was actually the second person who had to be taken off the liner because they fell ill.
‘The first was while it was still in Southampton docks and delayed the ship’s departure by almost an hour.’
A Bembridge lifeboat was also called out on Friday evening at 12.20am after a 70ft beam trawler lost power to its steering in the Solent and also had to be towed into Camber Docks.