Chinese sailor airlifted to hospital

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Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 flew a seriously injured Chinese cargo ship crewman to hospital in Glasgow.

Southend, Tarbert and Campbeltown coastguards were tasked following an incident on board Zea Servant at about 11.30pm last Saturday.

From an 18-strong all Chinese crew, one member was taken to Campbeltown hospital to be stabilised, before being transferred to Glasgow where he is understood to be in an induced coma.

Zea Servant, a Hong Kong built and registered vessel is at Campbeltown new quay to transport 12 wind tower sections to Hull.

Since the incident, the ship has not moved and its cranes have remained stationery with the tower sections blocking the quay like a large log jam.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘It is a health and safety-type issue and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is investigating.

‘The first night police were standing by was late Saturday, at about 11.30pm. Two officers attended and the ambulance was called.

‘CID officers attended on Monday and were assisting MAIB with its investigation.

‘Campbeltown police officers were stood down on Tuesday morning.’

An MAIB spokesperson said: ‘MAIB is aware of the incident.’