Stornoway Coastguard operations centre last night (Tuesday May 28th) co-ordinated the rescue of a Spanish fisherman with a severe injury from his vessel out in the Atlantic.

The Coastguard received the first call at 7.40pm from the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Madrid, after the all-Spanish crew of the UK-registered Genesis had called for help 54 miles west of Stornoway.

The man had severe trauma to several fingers on one hand and needed urgent hospital attention. Stornoway Rescue Helicopter R948 was tasked and arrived on-scene at 8.45pm, lifting the man from the deck and bringing him back to Stornoway by 9.45pm.

Members of Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team, on a training operation at the time, were called to help man the helicopter landing site and the man was passed into the care of Scottish Ambulance and onwards to Western Isles Hospital.

(Picture from Stornoway CRT).