Barra RNLI Lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday August 20th) to the assistance of a small leisure vessel which had run out of fuel and was drifting, six miles south-east of Barra.

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre tasked the lifeboat after receiving a call at 2.30pm, saying that the 70-year-old man, who was alone in the vessel, was in need of assistance.

The lifeboat took the vessel in tow back to Castlebay where Barra Coastguard Rescue Team assisted with berthing and gave safety advice to the casualty.

The incident was closed, with all safe and well, at 5.11pm.