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Bembridge RNLI has assisted an unwell patient on board a cruise ship sailing past the Isle of Wight this evening (Sunday).

The crew was tasked after reports that a person on board the Ventura ship needed medical assistance.

HM Coastguard has successfully airlifted the person from the vessel, which was located off Ventnor, to the mainland.

Posting on Facebook, Bembridge RNLI said:

“Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists in the medivac of a crew member from the cruise ship Ventura earlier this evening (Sunday).

“RNLB Alfred Albert Williams’ (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 8.15pm this evening to assist in the medivac of a crew member from the cruise ship ‘Ventura’ who had suffered a suspected heart attack. ‘Ventura’ was located about 12 miles south of Bembridge having left Southampton earlier in the evening en route to Vigo.

“The ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ reached the ‘Ventura’ at approximately 8.45pm. The Coastguard helicopter had also been tasked and in the event the ‘Alfred Albert Williams” simply stood by in case it had not proved possible to airlift the crew member directly from the Ventura’. Once the helicopter transfer had been successfully carried out, the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ was released and returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 10pm.”