Woman dies in incident at Harris beach

A lady was recovered from the sea off The Isle of Harris yesterday evening (12th August) and was airlifted to hospital by the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue helicopter.

At 7.40pm Stornoway Coastguard received a 999 call from a resident on the west coast of South Harris reporting that a family had got into difficulty swimming from the beach.

Tarbert Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway attended and airlifted the unconscious woman to Western Isles Hospital, where she sadly died. The father and two of the children were transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The family with their three sons were on holiday and were swimming from the beach at Traigh Mhor, near Scarista on the west coast of the island and they got into difficulty in the water.