Stornoway Coastguard’s operations centre were working at the extreme edge of their huge district on Friday (January 25th) as they co-ordinated the rescue of an injured fisherman from his ship.

The 43-year-old man had an open fracture to his right arm when the skipper of his vessel, the Faeroese Katrin Johanna, called Tórshavn Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre just after 10am on Friday.

The vessel was 125 miles south-west of Sumburgh and just within Stornoway’s district.

Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was despatched to the scene and uplifted the man, returning him to Stornoway at 2.15pm.

The Coastguard Rescue Team from Stornoway manned the landing site and an ambulance crew from Scottish Ambulance transferred the man to Western Isles Hospital for medical treatment.

Picture shows the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team in attendance at the landing site (Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team)