A ‘capable and dedicated’ Coastguard officer was recognised yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) with the award of a long-service medal after twenty years of service.

HM Coastguard’s Coastal Operations Area Commander Murdo Macaulay has responsibility for area 18, which includes the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber.

Based at Stornoway, he commands, trains and works together with Coastguard Rescue Teams across the whole area.

Murdo has been based at Stornoway since entering HM Coastguard 20 years ago as a member of the operations control centre staff. His colleague, Maritime Operations Controller Angus Maciver, told welovestornoway.com today: “He has proved himself a capable and dedicated officer, rising up through the ranks of HM Coastguard so that he is now a senior executive officer.

“He is held in high esteem by all his colleagues and has a close working relationship with other emergency services across the islands, where he is well-respected by all.”

Murdo is shown receiving his long-service medal from Chief Coastguard Richard Parkes, with Angus Maciver looking on.