There was drama for a group out on a sea trip with Stornoway Seafari on Monday (August 13th) afternoon, when the boat on which they were wildlife-spotting suffered fuel problems.

MV Azula was on a five-hour seabird spotting trip to the Shiant islands when she called for Coastguard assistance at 3.55pm on Monday, reporting that she was without power with seven people aboard.

Stornoway RNLI crew launched the RNLB Tom Sanderson (pictured above getting ready to leave her mooring yesterday) to her assistance, and meanwhile Stornoway Seafari sent a second vessel, the Our Lily, to take the passengers off and return them to Stornoway.

The Azula was taken in tow from the Shiants with two crew aboard.

A two-and-a-half-hour tow brought them to port at 7.50pm.

Stornoway Coastguard said the weather was calm and sea state good, and no passengers suffered any ill-effects from the drama.