A fisherman fishing in choppy conditions sparked an alert this morning (Monday October 29th) when a resident of Portnaguran thought he was in trouble in rough seas.

Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was launched at 9.52 this morning after Stornoway Coastguard took a call saying that the small boat seemed to be battling the waves and there was no sign of movement aboard.

The lifeboat was launched when the boat failed to respond to a Channel 16 broadcast from the Coastguard operations room, and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team were despatched to view the location from the shore at Small Head and to speak to the first informant.

Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was on exercise at the time and overflew the area, seeing the boat apparently fishing in southerly winds force 6 up to gale force 8.

The fisherman then responded, saying he was safe and well.

All teams were stood down and the incident is classed as a false alarm with good intent.