Snow meant a little more preparation than usual at the helicopter landing site at Western Isles Hospital this weekend

Winter weather has kept the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team busy as recent gales and snow have seen the team out and about helping islanders stay safe.
Yesterday, Sunday January 21st, the Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to prepare the landing site at Western Isles Hospital to be ready for the Rescue 948 Coastguard helicopter which was transferring a patient from Balivanich.
Preparing the landing site is a common tasking for the Rescue Team, however with heavy snow in and around Stornoway at the weekend, there was a bit more preparation required than usual!

The Coastguard Rescue Team were also kept busy last weekend as the first storm of 2018 hit the islands.
Sunday, January 14th, saw the Team assist Police Scotland with the closure of the Briaghe road to Point as large swells were topping the sea wall, throwing shore debris onto the road and making in impassable for traffic.
And the following day, Monday January 15th, and the Rescue Team were tasked to investigate reports of large drums ashore the inner harbour in Stornoway. The drums were found to be empty and removed by the Team.

Photos: Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team