A full-scale emergency land-search was put in motion this afternoon (Monday 3 August) when a crofter failed to reappear after setting out to gather sheep on a hillside in Harris.

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre received a call at 1.30pm from crofters concerned that one of their group, an elderly gentleman, had failed to return from the hillside at Cravadale, near Huisinis, following the gathering of sheep from the hill.

Tarbert, Scalpay and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to the scene, with the Coastguard all-terrain vehicle available and rescue helicopter R948 also tasked to help with the search.

Two senior coastal operations officers from the MCA also attended to help co-ordinate the search and Stornoway Police were kept informed of the activity.

The casualty was quickly located in a difficult location which could not be accessed by vehicle. He was lifted by helicopter from the site, to be transferred to Stornoway and onwards to Western Isles Hospital.

All teams were stood down and returned to base at 4pm.

The picture shows the terrain at Cravadale and is by Laurie Campbell (Isleofharris.com).