Early shout for lifeboat and rescue helicopter

Stornoway lifeboat
Stornoway lifeboat

STORNOWAY RNLI lifeboat and the islands’ Coastguard rescue helicopter were called into action this morning (Thursday, December 16) to the aid of a stricken fishing boat grounded on rocks near Stockinish, Harris.

The Buckie registered lobster boat ‘Sustain’ raised the alarm with Stornoway Coastguard station at 7.15am reporting that she was taking on water and requesting pumps and assistance.

The RNLI Tom Sanderson lifeboat launched by 7.30am with emergency pump on board, as did the Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter; and in Harris, local fishing vessel the ‘Astronaut’ stood by the ‘Sustain’, which is carrying a crew of three.

The chopper arrived and winched the spare pump down to the stricken vessel and on arrival the lifeboat also delivered a pump.

The ‘Sustain’ is now currently being escorted back to the safety of Stornoway harbour by the Stornoway RNLI lifeboat.