On our way from Oslo to Germany, while nearing Denmark, the ship changed course and sped up. Shortly the Captain announced that we had a seriously ill passenger on board who needed treatment at a hospital, and the closest one was Elsinore, Denmark, about a half hour away.
We traveled to Elsinore and held our position off-shore while a naval vessel was sent out to the ship. Apparently the railings were too high to safely transfer the patient, so he was loaded on to one of our lifeboat tenders. They motored into the harbor, where the patient was loaded on to an ambulance along with his luggage. I took it as a good sign that the ambulance left with its emergency lights and siren on – a leisurely departure would not have been a good sign. I trust all turned out well, but we will never hear.
Here is a shot of Kronburg Castle in Elsinore (also known as Helsingor)