Emergency crews in Stornoway were called into action in the early hours of this morning (Monday January 21st) when a fishing vessel called for help with a sick crewman.

The man had been working aboard the large German fishing vessel Maartje Theadora 60 miles north-east of the Butt of Lewis, in a position halfway between Rona and Sule Skerry and on the very limit of the Stornoway coastguard area, when an existing medical condition worsened.

Stornoway Coastguard took a call from the skipper of the vessel at 9.30pm last night saying that the man needed medical attention. It was arranged that he should be be brought on his own ship to Stornoway.

Stornoway’s volunteer RNLI crew launched the lifeboat and met the vessel just outside the harbour at 3.45am today as, at 140 metres, the fishing vessel was too large to be brought alongside within the harbour.

The man was transferred by the lifeboat and met at the pier by Stornoway Coastguard Rescue team, who turned out at 4am to help with the landing of the casualty.

He was transferred to Western Isles hospital by a Scottish Ambulance crew and is now under medical care.

He’s due to be visited today by Fishermen’s Mission representative William Macleod, to offer any help that he needs ashore in Stornoway.

The trawler Maartje Theadora is heading back north to continue fishing.

(Top photograph shows Coastguard Rescue Team members meeting the Lifeboat with the sick crewman aboard just after 4am this morning. (Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team).

(Picture of Maartje Theadora by Arjo Foeken, MarineTraffic.com)