A baby who was feared seriously injured after falling on board the MV Loch Seaforth has been discharged from hospital and returned home to the mainland on yesterday’s morning ferry (Monday July 30th).

The 17-month-old had been on holiday, staying with family in Lewis, and was leaving at 7pm on Sunday evening (July 29th) when the child fell on deck.

The Loch Seaforth had only just left Stornoway but, fearing a serious head injury, the captain turned back to port immediately.

Despite signs of recovery, the child and family were delivered into the care of the Scottish Ambulance service at the quayside. They were taken to Western Isles Hospital for further checks.

The medical evacuation further delayed a service already seriously set back by rough seas on Sunday, but there was a good outcome as the family were told it was safe to go home yesterday. They departed on the still-delayed 9am sailing on Monday.

MV Loch Seaforth has returned to schedule today (Tuesday July 31st) and left two minutes early for this morning’s 7am sailing.