Three Coastguard Rescue Teams were called out yesterday lunchtime (Monday 10 February) to help with the transfer of a sick patient from South Uist to Stornoway.

The Scottish Ambulance Service asked for Coastguard assistance at 1.05pm yesterday as they dealt with the transfer of a very unwell individual from South Uist.

Rescue helicopter R948 was tasked to uplift the casualty and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lochboisdale and Benbecula were put on stand-by to man a helicopter landing site. In the event the teams were stood down as the casualty was taken to Benbecula airport by ambulance.

The patient was flown to Stornoway by R948, with Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team assisting with the transfer from helicopter to ambulance. From there the patient was taken on to Western Isles Hospital.

All teams were released from duty at 2.45pm.

Picture – Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team head for the helicopter with a stretcher ready to pass the patient into care of the Scottish Ambulance crew. (Stornoway CRT).