Stornoway Coastguard operations centre took a call for help from a luxury cruise ship passing through the Minch yesterday afternoon (Tuesday June 4th).

The Seven Seas Explorer, a Bahamas-registered top-end cruise ship, was between South Uist and Skye at 1.30pm when a 71-year-old Canadian passenger suffered a heart attack.

Coastguard helicopter R948 was tasked to the scene and brought the man to Western Isles Hospital, with Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team manning the landing site.

After assessment he was taken on by Scottish Ambulance crew to Stornoway airport and by Scottish Air Ambulance to Glasgow for further treatment.

And in the early hours…

Stornoway’s RNLI lifeboat was called early this morning (Wednesday June 5th) to the aid of a fishing vessel in trouble near Point.

 The Stornoway-registered Calina II, with four crew members aboard, had rope tangled round her propeller and was unable to make progress from her position near Chicken Rock, just off Swordale.

A call to the Coastguard led to the launch of the RNLB Tom Sanderson at 4am, and the fishing vessel was towed back to Stornoway harbour, arriving at 6.54am.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 8am.

Picture shows the RNLB Tom Sanderson approaching the casualty vessel to establish a tow. (Stornoway RNLI).