Stornoway’s Coastguard operations room found themselves co-ordinating two rescues at the same time yesterday afternoon (Tuesday October 9th) with two separate incidents in the Uig area.
At 4.17pm yesterday afternoon Western Isles police notified Stornoway Coastguard of a woman who had fallen while walking her dogs, near Scaliscro Lodge. She had injured her knee and was unable to move without assistance.
Coastguard teams from Miavaig, Breasclete and Stornoway were tasked to the scene and police officers identified the location of the woman, who was treated on the spot by coastguards and a doctor.
Search and rescue helicopter R948 had already attended another incident nearby and was diverted to airlift the woman to Stornoway airport, from where she was taken by Scottish Ambulance to Western Isles Hospital for treatment. The dogs were returned to their home by Stornoway police officers.
Meanwhile a 999 call had come in at 4.49pm from a resident of Mangersta, who had spotted three surfers in difficulty off the coast. The three men were attempting to surf in a southerly force 5-7 wind, with the sea in a moderate to rough condition, when one of them became stuck on rocks 10 metres out to sea.
Breasclete and Miavaig Coastguard rescue teams were called to the scene and rescue helicopter R948 was tasked to assist. The teams found two men on the shore, cold but with no injuries, and the helicopter airlifted the third man from the rocks and returned him to shore, where he was checked and found to be uninjured. The helicopter diverted from that incident to airlift the injured woman from Scaliscro.
Western Isles Coastguards posted details of the incidents on social media this morning (Wednesday October 10th), saying: “As is sometimes the case in Search and Rescue, all goes quiet then everything happens at same time. Last night in Uig was one of those nights.”
Top picture shows R948 lifting the injured woman and is from HM Coastguard, Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber. Below picture: Mangersta on a summers day