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A 999 call from walkers on the island of Pabbay south of Barra started a rescue chain for a man who had been badly injured on the island yesterday (Wednesday 16 June).

The man, a foreign national in his fifties, was one of a party of seven walking on the rocky island, when he fell and suffered multiple fractures.

Members of his group called 999 at 4.22pm and Stornoway Coastguard operations centre tasked the Isle of Barra lifeboat to head to the location.

The lifeboat was on-scene by 5.30pm, but high seas and strong winds made it impossible to land on the island, so Stornoway COC called on rescue helicopter R199 to come from Prestwick.

The man was lifted from Pabbay and brought to the helipad at Western Isles Hospital, which was manned by members of Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team for the landing and transfer of the casualty.

He was taken to Western Isles Hospital by Scottish ambulance and all teams were clear and stood down by 9.27pm.

Picture by Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team.