Coastguard officers from three Western Isles teams were presented with long-service medals for their role as volunteer officers within local coastguard teams on Thursday (July 5th).

The medals were presented by the chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Sir Alan Massey, who was at Stornoway coastguard station for the ceremony.

Awards went to to Breasclete station officer Donald ‘Cudaig’ Macleod, recognised for 30 years volunteer service and Scalpay’s deputy station officer, Roddy Mackenzie, who has also served 30 years.

Also recognised were Ness station officer Calum Morrison, who has served for 20 years and deputy station officer Donald F Morrison, who has also served 20 years.

A long-service medal went to Jackie Mackenzie of Stornoway Coastguard operations centre, (above) at the same time. Jackie is Senior Maritime Ops Manager and has worked for 20 years for the MCA.

Meanwhile three Western Isles GPs have been named on the latest list of approved doctors published by the MCA (Friday July 6th). Dr Louise Scott and Dr Brian Michie of the Group Practice in Stornoway and Dr Francis Tierney of Benbecula Medical Practice have all been named on the MCA’s approved doctors register, meaning that they are authorised to provide medical fitness certificates to seafarers.