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Coastguard helicopter R948 was called out from Stornoway yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 30 November) after a tanker passing west of the Hebrides called for urgent assistance with an injured crewman.

The crude oil tanker DHT Mustang was taking the deep water route 20 nautical miles west of the Hebrides, en route from Norway to Guangdong province in southern China, when an Indian national serving among the crew sustained a hand injury, severing some of his fingers.

Stornoway Coastguard Operations centre took the call for assistance at 3.07pm on Tuesday and, after taking medical advice, rescue helicopter R948 was dispatched to uplift the injured man.

He was brought to Stornoway airport, from where he was taken on by Scottish Ambulance to Western Isles Hospital for medical treatment.

The coastguard helicopter was back at base and refuelled for action by 5.30pm.

Pictures shows R948 landing in Stornoway following a tasking earlier this year (HM Coastguard Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber)