A man has died in hospital after being brought down from the Harris hills, where he was gathering sheep yesterday afternoon (Monday 3 August).

The crofter was missed by his group as they returned from the hills above Huisinis, where they had been gathering the hill sheep yesterday.

A concerned friend called Stornoway Coastguard and a full-scale emergency land-search was put in motion soon after 1.30pm. Police were kept informed of the search as it was in progress.

The man was found by searchers in a location at Cravadale which was inaccessible to vehicles.

He was airlifted from the hill by Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948 and taken to Western Isles Hospital, but sadly died in hospital a short time later.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a concern for person call after a man failed to return from a trip on Harris. A search and rescue operation was launched and the man was located in the Hushinish area and taken to hospital where he died.

“The death is not suspicious and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Involved in the search were members of Tarbert, Scalpay and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Teams as well as two senior coastguard officers and the Bristows helicopter crew.