Bembridge RNLI and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 have been tasked to an ongoing incident involving the cruise ship Ventura off the coast of the Isle of Wight tonight (Sunday).
At around 20:00, Bembridge RNLI’s Tamar-class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) was tasked to launch into the night by Solent Coastguard – at the same time that the Coastguard Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was scrambled.
Both search and rescue assets are currently with the luxury P&O cruise ship ‘Ventura’ having made best speed to rendezvous with the vessel around 10 miles east of the Isle of Wight. They are understood to be working to evacuate a passenger on board the cruise liner.
Ventura left Southampton at just gone 17:30 this evening bound for Vigo, Spain.
UPDATE @ 21:35 – Coastguard Rescue 175 has flown an unwell patient – understood to be a crew member of Ventura – directly to Southampton General Hospital.
Bembridge ALB is now standing down from the incident and returning to the boathouse off Lane End, where they are expected to rehouse around 22:00.
Ventura is understood to be continuing its journey to Spain, albeit slightly behind schedule.
UPDATE @ 22:59 – It has been confirmed that the crew member was airlifted after suffering a suspected heart attack.