Stornoway RNLI was called to launch the lifeboat Tom Sanderson yesterday evening (Monday 1 June) to reports of a vessel broken down and fog-bound in the middle of Broad Bay.

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre took the call at 6.40pm from the sole occupant of a 7.7 metre fishing boat which had suffered a mechanical breakdown as haar rolled across the bay early in the evening.

The RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 7.20pm and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to Brevig pier to provide land-based assistance, although visibility from the shore was extremely poor.

The small fishing boat was taken in tow towards the shore and then handed into the care of fellow fishing vessel Rachel Star, which escorted the casualty to the pier in shallow water.

The RNLI and CRT teams were stood down and the lifeboat returned to pier by 10.30pm last night with all safe.

Picture – fog rolls across Broad Bay yesterday afternoon, from a film by James Lynn.