At 10.40am today (Saturday February 1) a 999 call was received by the Coastguard Operations Centre in Stornoway.

The caller was reporting a surfer in difficulty near Tong on Broad Bay.

The local Coastguard report on their Facebook Page stated: "Stornoway, Ness and Bragar Coastguard Rescue Teams along with Duty Officers AC18, S18D and S18B were tasked from training along with Stornoway RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard Helicopter R948".

The Coastguard units arrived on the scene and confirmed the surfer was safely ashore.

The Coastguard stated: "This was a false alarm, but thank you to the caller who did absolutely the right thing and dialled 999 Coastguard."

Murdo Macaulay, the area commander with the HM Coastguard rescue service said on Twitter: "Fantastic clear day for training with our ATV operators, broken by a callout to surfer in difficulty. Thankfully a false alarm ending safe and well, then back to training."

A photograph of the training is seen below.