Medical help was needed for a passenger aboard the Stornoway-bound ferry yesterday (Wednesday June 5th).

Stornoway Coastguard operation control centre took a call from the skipper of the Loch Seaforth at 11.55am, saying that a passenger was suffering severe abdominal pains and requesting advice.

The call was linked with doctors at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who assessed the reported symptoms and decided that, as the ferry was only one hour from Stornoway, medical support at landing would be adequate.

The passenger was disembarked from the ferry into the care of a Scottish Ambulance crew and taken onwards to Western Isles Hospital for further care.