The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is today (Tuesday October 23rd) celebrating the tireless work of unsung heroes behind the co-ordination of rescue operations in Stornoway, as part of International Control Room Week.

Pictured are staff from Team 1 at Stornoway, senior maritime operations officer Toby Reynolds (centre) who has been in post for nine years, and maritime operations officers Donna Maclennan (left) and Richard Cooke (right) who have served in post for three years.

In a social media post this morning, the MCA said: “Stornoway Coastguard Operations Centre, like all our ops centres, are on hand 24/7 to respond to distress calls from mariners and ships as well as those on the cliffs or along the shoreline. 

“As well as alerting the lifeboats, Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard helicopters, they provide maritime safety information, monitor shipping movements in the Minches and to the west coast of the Outer Hebrides.

“Dealing with reports of pollution as well as reports of whales at risk of stranding is just part of the job, and when the weather turns they're there to support the island chain when there's long-lasting power cuts that isolate the vulnerable people in their communities.”

The Stornoway ops room co-ordinates operations over a vast area of sea and coast as far north-west as St Kilda and Rockall.