Barra Lifeboat attend two incidents

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The Isle of Barra RNLI Lifeboat was launched into action twice in the last two weeks to attend incidents involving fishing vessels.

Last night, (Wednesday 26 March 2014), Barra Lifeboat, Edna Windsor, was alerted by Stornoway Coastguard to attend an injured fisherman on a commercial fishing vessel.

The Lifeboat launched at 10.06pm with six of a crew to attend to an injured fisherman on the French fishing vessel Roselend. The 30 meter boat was steaming for Castlebay on Barra after the crewman sustained an injury to his hand, thought to be broken fingers.

The crew of the Barra RNLI Lifeboat had been training earlier in a man overboard exercise when they were alerted by the coastguard that a transfer may be required which turned out to be the case.

The Barra Lifeboat met the commercial fishing vessel in sheltered waters and the injured fisherman was transferred to the Barra Lifeboat.

Barra Lifeboat’s 2nd Coxswain Martin MacLeod stated: “The weather conditions were favourable to transfer the injured crewman at sea. This is something we train for and it was carried out successfully. If there had been bad weather then the RNLI would have escorted the fishing boat into the harbour rather than doing the transfer at sea.”

The injured fisherman was transferred back to the lifeboat station where he was met by an awaiting ambulance.

At 5.32am on March 11th Barra Lifeboat received its first official launch of this year, attending to a stricken fishing boat that had lost its power. The Nordic Way suffered engine failure with three crew on board 23 miles south east Barra. The vessel was towed into Northbay, Barra.

The volunteer crew spent more than five and a half hours dealing with this emergency.