Coastguard Rescue Teams from across the isle of Skye were in the midst of training on Saturday (January 26th) when a real emergency began to unfold in Uig harbour.

The team had just completed training scenarios with the area commander and senior ops officer, including rescuing a person from the water and a person with a serious head injury on a stairwell, with a subsequent fire, at the new fish feed plant at Kyle.

Stornoway’s Coastguard operations room took a call from a small yacht, with one person aboard, taking in water in Uig harbour.

Leverburgh Lifeboat was launched to the scene and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Portree, Duntulm and Dunvegan were tasked, along with a crew from Scottish Fire and Rescue.

The owner of the vessel was confirmed safe and Fire Scotland transferred pumps on board to control the water flow, allowing the yacht to be transferred to a safe location and await permanent repairs.

Leverburgh Lifeboat was stood down and turned back to base before reaching the scene.

Coastguard area commander Murdo Macaulay said on Twitter: "Just finished hectic, productive few days on Skye with incident attendance at Uig Pier (sinking yacht) with @wingnut415 @fire_scot @LochabSkyePol @IreneMacritchie great response and all safe on vessel.

"Thanks to @CalMacFerries for patience in offload & waiting for us!"

Picture of yacht from HM Coastguard Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber.