A flat calm sea and a glorious sunset made for a scenic rescue as Barra RNLI lifeboat and Uist coastguard teams were called out on Friday afternoon (18 September).

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre received a call for assistance at 3.30pm from the Ullapool-registered fishing vessel Serene, with one person aboard, which had suffered engine failure one nautical mile west of Geirinis in South Uist.

Barra RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Benbecula, Lochboisdale and Griminish were called, with the CRT personnel providing eyes on the situation from the coast.

A local fishing vessel, the Monach Isles, also went to the assistance of the casualty, a 28foot creel boat which had electrical trouble with her engine, and was able to take her in tow to the safety of Ardivachar, where coastguards helped make her safe.

All crews were stood down with all safe and well at 6pm and the RNLI crew enjoyed a placid sunset cruise back to Castlebay, as shown in the picture (Barra RNLI).