Man in serious cliff fall

A twenty-three year old Environmental Scientist was airlifted to Western Isles Hospital by Stornoway Coastguard helicopter in the early hours of April 20th following a fall from seacliffs on the Island of Handa.

Robert Eisler fell onto rocks as the tide was coming in and faced danger of drowning due to sustaining multiple fractures and serious injuries.

Robert, who had been working on Handa surveying seabirds, was exploring the island on his day off when he fell.

When he was overdue, others on the island made a search and Robert was finally found in a small cave which he had crawled into to avoid the rising sea.

The alarm was raised by text and he arrived at the hospital at 0015hours Saturday, April 20th.

Speaking of the rescue, Robert said: “I appreciate the hard work of everyone that was involved in the rescue and would like to say my thanks to the fisherman and boatman that found me in the end; Laura and Laura for raising the alert and initiating the search; the lifeboat men that helped me out and the helicopter team that got me to safety.

“If I have missed anyone out I did not mean to and I’m eternally grateful to everyone’s help in the rescue.”

Handa Island supported eight families until evacuated in 1847 and now houses spectacular colonies of seabirds on its high seacliffs.