Ferry called to assist in emergency

MV Lord of the Isles has been called to assist in the search for a fishing vessel on the Oban to Colonsay route.Stornoway Coastguard heard a mayday message from the vessel just after 1pm this afternoon. It said the vessel, with one person on board, was going over.

A mayday relay broadcast was issued by Stornoway Coastguard, and a number of vessels in the area at the time responded. The Oban Coastguard Rescue Team, the all-weather RNLI lifeboat from Oban, and the Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick was also sent to the scene.

Carol Collins, Watch Manager at Stornoway Coastguard, said: “A search is still ongoing this afternoon involving a number of search and rescue assets. We are doing all we can to locate the vessel.”.

The incident means the Oban-Castlebay/Lochboisale sailing has been delayed and the scheduled 15:40pm sailing from Oban will depart late.