Emergency services were called to the scene between the Kilchattan Bay and Kingarth areas of the Isle of Bute at around 3.45pm today.
Police Scotland said that two people on board have been taken to hospital.
The force said that investigations into the circumstances of the incident are at an early stage.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said that it had three fire engines at the scene.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said that one person has been taken to hospital on the island while the other has been airlifted to the Southern General in Glasgow.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said they are aware of the incident and will be investigating.
Deadly EEE Virus; A resident has been diagnosed with the deadly EEE virus in Onondaga County, New York, USA
An Onondaga County resident has been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a potentially deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
The individual is hospitalized and is in stable condition, according to the Onondaga County Health Department, which declined to disclose any other details about the case.
Central New York is a hot spot for Eastern equine encephalitis, EEE for short. Five Central New Yorkers have died from EEE since 1971. Maggie Wilcox, a 4-year-old Oswego resident, died from the virus in 2011. Her family has been advocating for the development of a public vaccine.
This is the first known human case in Onondaga County since 2010.
EEE is a rare but dangerous viral infection that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Initial symptoms, which usually start four to 10 days after the bite, can include fever, headache and vomiting. Illness can then progress to altered mental status, confusion, seizures, coma and even death. The greatest risk for infection with this virus is for people who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Michelle Mignano, Onondaga County’s interim health commissioner, said the county was notified of the EEE diagnosis today by the state Health Department.
She said it is essential that residents consistently take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
The Onondaga County Health Department recently conducted aerial spraying of the Cicero swamp. Mignano said if additional spraying is determined to be necessary, the public will be notified through the media and by the emergency reverse 911 notification system.
Oswego County plans to do aerial spraying tonight and Saturday night.
It is important that the public continue to take measures to minimize being bitten by mosquitoes and to keep yards free of standing water to reduce the mosquito population, Mignano said.
Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Personal protection is advised during outdoor activities. Personal protection measures include wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time.
The department said people should use mosquito repellent.
It also offered these tips:
- Throw away outdoor containers, ceramic pots, or containers that hold water;
- Remove all tires from your property;
- Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors;
- Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly;
- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use;
- Change water in bird baths at least every four days;
- Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds;
- Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs;
- Drain water from pool covers;
- Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates.
Deadly Ebola Virus; Chief medical officer’s statement on St. Lucia’s preparedness for the Ebola virus
Indian authorities are on alert for the Ebola virus, the health minister said, suggesting there is a risk the deadly virus could be imported into country if the large population of Indians working in the four affected West African nations returns
There are nearly 45,000 Indian nationals living and working in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – where an outbreak of the disease has killed 932 people, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told parliament on Wednesday.
“If the situation worsens in the affected countries, there could be possibility of these Indians travelling back to India,” Vardhan said. “While the risk of Ebola virus cases in India is low, preparedness measures are in place to deal with any case of the virus imported to India.”
Liberia has declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, its health system is collapsing. Officials say some major airlines have halted flights to the affected countries and many expatriates are leaving.
Though the vast majority of cases are in the remote border area of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, concern over Ebola’s spread grew last month when a U.S. citizen died in Nigeria of the virus after arriving from the region. A nurse who treated him also died in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, and at least five other people have been isolated with symptoms.
In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah.
Vardhan advised against all non-essential travel to the four countries, adding that authorities will screen travellers who originate from or transit through affected nations, and track them after their arrival in India.
In-flight announcements prior to landing will be done by airlines, and passengers will be informed that mandatory self-reporting is required at immigration.
The government will also set up facilities at airports and ports to manage travellers showing symptoms of the disease. Signs range from fever and intense weakness to internal and external bleeding and the incubation period is two to 21 days.
“The surveillance system would be geared up to track these travellers for four weeks and to detect them early, in case they develop symptoms,” Vardhan said. “These persons would also be advised to self report in case of symptoms.”
Of the 4,700 Indians in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 300 are Central Reserve Police Force personnel – comprising largely women – serving as U.N. peacekeepers in Liberia. Nigeria has nearly 40,000 Indian citizens.
There are also 7,000 Indian troops deployed in other African nations, but not in the affected countries.
Vardhan said the troops will be informed of precautions to take to reduce the risk of contracting the disease, and returning personnel will also be tracked and monitored for symptoms.
State authorities have been instructed to designate hospitals with isolation wards for response to possible cases and to stock personal protective equipment.
The minister said the government also planned to spread public awareness about the disease through newspapers, radio and television. Information about the virus will be posted on the health ministry’s website.
“Though there is no vaccine or curative therapy for Ebola virus disease, I want to apprise this house that outbreaks can be contained through early detection and isolation of cases, contact tracing and monitoring, and following rigorous procedures for infection control, if such cases were to report in our country,” Vardhan said.
GUINEA has announced that it is to close borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in an desperate attempt to halt the continuing spread of the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola
A Catholic humanitarian group based in Spain says a nun from the Congo who was working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus.
The San Juan de Dios hospital order says Saturday that Sister Chantal Pascaline died “from Ebola in the Hospital San Jose de Monrovia, despite the care she received from a volunteer nurse.”
Pascaline belonged to the same order as a Spanish missionary priest and nun evacuated to Madrid by jet this week. Both are in stable condition in a Madrid hospital.
The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease and so far has killed at least 961 people, the U.N. health agency said Friday. It emerged in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.