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A Stornoway-registered fishing vessel is this afternoon (Tuesday 28 March) receiving help from emergency services, after she started to take on water mid-Minch.

The fishing vessel Sheigra, with three crew aboard, issued a mayday call for help at 10.30am when she began to take on water north-east of Staffin in Skye.

Stornoway Coastguard’s maritime rescue co-ordination centre tasked RNLI lifeboats from Stornoway and Portree, and coastguard helicopter R948 to the scene, and other vessels in the vicinity also rallied to help.

The CalMac ferry MV Hebrides, making her return to Tarbert after the closure of Uig port, also detoured from her route to assist but was stood down shortly afterwards.

The casualty vessel is being pumped out with support from the RNLI and with other boats standing by to assist.

The crew are reported to be safe, although the incident is still ongoing (12.30pm).

The picture shows Sheigra in Stornoway harbour in 2020 (Stornoway Seafari).