Coastguard teams worked together to bring three patients for urgent hospital treatment, as gale force winds battered Barra and Uist yesterday evening.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948 was tasked at 4pm yesterday (Thursday 20 February) to pick up one very poorly patient from Barra and another from Benbecula airport, transferring them to Western Isles Hospital for further treatment.

The Barra Coastguard Rescue Team manned the landing site on Borve machair at 4.05pm for the first evacuation, of a patient from St Brendan’s Hospital in Barra. R948 then called at Benbecula to uplift the second patient before returning to Stornoway.

The Barra team were called out again just after midnight this morning (Friday) to prepare the landing site, as rescue helicopter R199 was called from Prestwick to bring another patient to Glasgow for urgent treatment.

Stornoway Coastguard said winds at the time of both incidents were force 7 to 8.

The picture shows Coastguard helicopter R948 at Borve machair yesterday afternoon with other emergency services during the uplift (HM Coastguard Western Isles Skye and Lochaber).