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There was a great training weekend in ‘challenging’ weather conditions for new recruits to HM Coastguard Rescue team, reports Murdo Macaulay, the area commander for Western Isles, Skye, and Lochaber.

On Twitter overnight he stated: “One more day and they’re operational, thanks to Ronald Maclean and David Smith for today’s Water Rescue Course and the team at Stornoway SAR flight for yesterday #trainingsaveslives.”

Earlier, Murdo Macaulay said:  "It was a real pleasure to present (delayed) Queens Platinum Jubilee Medals, COP26 certificate of recognition and most impressively, a 30 year long service medal to members of @StornowayCRT last night.

“Thanks to Colin Smith for use of reserve centre, and his bar tender skills,” Murdo said.

Queens platinum Jubilee medals went to Alasdair Macdonald, Nathan Harris, and Roddy Macdonald.

The COP26 Certificate of Recognition went to Roddy Macdonald as did a 30 year clasp awarded to 20 year Long Service Medal.

Murdo said about Ronald: “It’s often said ‘experience is what you need right after you most realise it’ and he brings experience, enthusiasm and skills to not just Stornoway but across area on incidents and training.”