Stornoway Coastguard Coastal Operations Centre had to deal with two emergencies at sea within one hour yesterday afternoon (Thursday March 28th).

The Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was scrambled at 3.40pm to the assistance of the Dutch cargo vessel Northern Rock, who had called for assistance with a sick crewman.

The man needed to be brought to Stornoway for medical help, from their position north of Rona.

The man was airlifted from the vessel and brought to Western Isles Hospital airfield, from where he was handed into the care of Scottish Ambulance crew.

Meanwhile the operations centre took a call from the Ullapool-registered fishing vessel Fladda Maid, which had lost engine power in the middle of the Minch in choppy conditions.

Stornoway RNLI lifeboat launched at 4.15pm and reached the vessel’s position, 20 miles east of Tiumpanhead, just after 5pm.

The fishing vessel was towed to Lochinver and the lifeboat was back on the pier and refuelled for service by 1.45am.