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Man dies after cliff fall in Point, Lewis

Stornoway coastguard helicopter searchlight illluminates the scene below as RNLI and Coastguard crew assist and prepare the injured man for airlift. Photo: Stornoway RNLI.

Stornoway coastguard helicopter searchlight illluminates the scene below as RNLI and Coastguard crew assist and prepare the injured man for airlift. Photo: Stornoway RNLI.

A FORTY-eight year old man has died after falling from cliffs at Point, near Swordale, Lewis, yesterday.

At about 3.40pm on Monday, January 14th, a 999 call was received from a member of the public reporting a male in his 40s had fallen down a cliff.

Police and partners, including Stornoway Coastguard helicopter, Scottish Ambulance Service and RNLI lifeboats have all been involved with the incident.

Stornoway RNLI crew launched at 4pm, arriving on-scene at 4.15pm where the volunteer crew launched the lifeboat’s inflatable y-boat and two RNLI crew joined Coastguard helicopter rescue crew in assisting the casualty.

The man had fallen around 70 feet onto a small shingle cove. His breathing was compromised and he had sustained severe injuries to his head.

The RNLI crew assisted the chopper winchman to evacuate the casualty to Western Isles hospital and returned to Stornoway harbour at 5.10pm.

The 48 year old man was airlifted to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway where he later died of his injuries.

Police are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Next of kin are aware however no details of the man are being released at present.

 

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