Coastguard teams across the Western Isles are joining the battle to confront the mounting Covid-19 crisis assailing the Isles of Barra and Vatersay.

This weekend HM Coastguard drivers and vehicles from teams in Barra, Lochboisdale and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue are providing mutual aid to NHS Western Isles by transporting test samples from Barra to Stornoway as part of their response to the Covid-19 outbreak on Barra.

We are working as #onebigteam, says Murdo Macaulay HM Coastguard Area Commander for Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber, on Twitter. 

Meanwhile two new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Orkney in the last 24 hours. Confirmed by NHS Orkney’s laboratory, the new cases are both close contacts to a previously reported case. A single new case was recorded on Friday. Previously Orkney had been the only area in Scotland not facing a growing number of new cases. 

Murdo Macaulay recently returned to Stornoway on board the Loch Seaforth with a new Mitsubishi UK L200 as part of a Coastguard fleet overhaul. Investment in HM Coastguard vehicles and. equipment over the past six years has been huge, he says,  making saving lives safer and more efficient.