The latest recruits to Coastguard Rescue Teams in the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber completed their training at the weekend (Saturday September 7th), with a helicopter familiarisation exercise.

The new team members have now received 80 hours of foundation training and are ready to become operational. They include Andrew Reeve, who is joining the Tarbert team, and Louise Maclean, who will now be on call at Stornoway.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “Well done on the commitment and enthusiasm and welcome to the unpredictable world of being always on call!”

New Coastguard volunteers are pictured in training with rescue helicopter R948 at Tiumpan Head. (HM Coastguard Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber).