Island emergency services rushed to St Kilda yesterday to the aid of an elderly man who had fallen from cliffs. All photos: HM Coastguard

An 87 year old man was airlifted from St Kilda yesterday (Wednesday, July 27th) following a fall of considerable distance down a steep rock face.
The Stornoway Coastguard Rescue helicopter, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Stornoway, Tarbert and Scalpay, and Leverburgh RNLI were all called to the incident on St Kilda, the remote archipelago situated some 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.
The man – who had suffered leg lacerations during the fall – was brought to safety by two Coastguard Cliff Rescue technicians before being airlifted by Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to Western Isles Hospital for treatment.

“An excellent outcome, which highlights the adaptability and skills of HM Coastguard Rescue Service and those units we work with,” said the local Coastguard Rescue teams on Facebook page ‘HM Coastguard – Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber’.
“We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and thank The Anchorage in Leverburgh for opening to feed the teams coming back from this incident, and Western Isles Council for provision of a bus to get everyone back to Stornoway,” they add.

The UK’s only Dual UNESCO World Heritage site for both its natural and cultural significance, the St Kilda sea cliffs are the highest in the UK and are of huge significance as breeding grounds for a plethora of sea birds, including being home to one of the world’s largest colonies of northern gannets.