Coastguard Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing on Aberdeen Beach Due to Thick Fog
A coastguard helicopter encountered challenging weather conditions this morning, forcing it to execute an emergency landing on Aberdeen beach. The helicopter had been en route from Prestwick in Ayrshire, carrying a patient destined for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).
Unfortunately, the heavy fog prevailing at the time made it impossible for the helicopter to continue its journey as planned. Consequently, at approximately 6:05 am, the pilot made the decision to land on Aberdeen's Beach Esplanade.
The unexpected landing caused disruptions to the local road network, particularly affecting access to the Beach Esplanade from the Bridge of Don at Donmouth, which had to be temporarily closed for safety reasons.
To ensure the timely and secure transportation of the patient to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, an ambulance was promptly dispatched to the scene. The patient was then transported to the hospital via road.
A spokesperson from the coastguard confirmed the incident, stating, "The helicopter had departed from Prestwick, and the individual was eventually conveyed to ARI for further medical care."
Despite the adverse weather conditions encountered, the swift response of the emergency services and their coordinated efforts ensured the safe resolution of the situation.