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A sick crew member aboard a French fishing vessel had to wait through a long night of foul weather before emergency assistance could reach him from Stornoway yesterday morning (Wednesday 11 May).

Stornoway coastguard operations centre received a call at 7.20pm on Tuesday, via a medical link in Madrid, from the fishing vessel Mar De Lores, fishing 75 nautical miles north west of the Butt of Lewis.

The skipper reported that the man was losing consciousness intermittently and needed urgent medical care.

Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was tasked to assist, but weather and sea conditions at the scene made a lift from the deck impossible at that time.

The helicopter returned at 5.15am yesterday and uplifted the man, taking him direct to Western Isles Hospital, where members of Stornoway coastguard rescue team stood by to clear the landing site.

The man was taken on to hospital directly for emergency medical treatment.

Picture shows the Mar De Flores fishing off the French coast last month (Jean Piere Boune/