Leverburgh lifeboat was called out by Stornoway Coastguard yesterday (Tuesday December 11th) afternoon, after reports that a fishing vessel was in trouble off Bernera.

The skipper of the fishing boat Ceol na Mara, working alone off Bernera, called for help at 2.43pm when the propeller of his vessel was fouled by rope, leaving him unable to make any progress.

Stornoway Coastguard asked Leverburgh lifeboat to head for the scene and tasked Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRTs) from Bragar, Miavaig and Breasclete to keep a watch on land and maintain communication. Because of the travel time from Leverburgh to Bernera they also asked other nearby vessels to assist.

The mussel farm boat Eileen Louise responded to the call and was able to tow the casualty to safe berth in Bernera. Leverburgh lifeboat returned to its base before reaching the scene and CRTs were stood down once the vessel was safely berthed.

The incident was closed at 4.24pm with all involved safe and well.