AROUND 50 locals in Harris took up an offer to get hot drinks and filled rolls on board the Cal Mac vessel 'MV Finlaggan' yesterday.

Opening up her gangway to members of the community from 4-8pm, the Master, Barry Scott, and his crew also offered them the chance to take a shower. 

Some who were aboard took hot water and food back to those who could not venture out, and also took the opportunity to re-charge mobile devices in case the telephone network was restored. 

Meanwhile the ship’s Chief Engineer and 2nd Engineer were able to apply their technical expertise at a local hotel, wiring an emergency generator to supply power. 

“The Master and crew of MV Finlaggan were pleased to be able to support the relief efforts,” said duty operations manager Finlay MacRae.

“A hot drink, some food and a shower hopefully provided some respite, and thanks, too, to our engineering colleagues from Finlaggan, whose assistance in connecting a generator helped the pierside hotel to assist with relief efforts for the wider community.”