Blackout on Benbecula caused by a bird

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A power cut on Benbecula yesterday morning (Tuesday) was caused by a bird flying into overhead lines.

As a result of the incident, Sgoil Lionacleit closed to pupils and staff for the day and other businesses such as the Dark Island Hotel were affected.

A spokesperson for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said: “We received a call around 9am by a resident of the island who said they saw a bird fly into our overhead lines damaging them. We had to send a linesman out to site to make the repairs and although this was done as quickly as possible we did restore supplies by 12:37. However, we do know the local High School and some other business for example the Dark Island Hotel and another few businesses, were affected. There were twelve in total.”