Leverburgh lifeboat was called out for its 100th shout yesterday evening (Thursday February 28th) when a man collapsed and fell from a fish-farm.

The 48-year-old man was taken suddenly ill and fell into the water at the Scottish Salmon Company fish-farm at North Uiskevagh in Benbecula.

His workmates issued a mayday call at 6.38pm and Stornoway Coastguard operations control tasked Leverburgh lifeboat, coastguard helicopter R948 and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Griminish and Benbecula to the scene.

Leverburgh lifeboat was stood down before reaching the location, as the man was recovered from the water and handed over to the care of Scottish Ambulance and a local doctor.

He was then transferred on by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, where Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team manned the landing site.

The lifeboat and its RNLI volunteer crew was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 9.30pm. 

This is the 100th call for help that Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat has had since the service was established in May 2012.

In that time, the station was first home to a Mersey class lifeboat and, in April of last year, the community welcomed a brand new Shannon class lifeboat to the station at Leverburgh.