A lone fisherman got into trouble on Saturday morning (June 29th) when his boat ran aground while he was trying to clear a fouled propeller.

The small fishing vessel Ceol na Mara was off Loch Garenin in Carloway when the propeller became fouled and the vessel drifted while he was attempting a repair.

After running aground, he began to take on water and called Stornoway Coastguard operations centre at 10.36am.

The Coastguard scrambled Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat and at the same time issued a ‘pan pan’ emergency call to local vessels, which led the fishing vessel Ebony May to respond and head for the casualty. Ebony May took the vessel under tow to Carloway pier.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Breasclete and Miavaig were also tasked and headed for Carloway, where they were on hand to assist as the casualty was brought to safety.

Leverburgh RNLI crew were stood down and all teams had concluded their work by 2.33pm.


Floating dinghy sparks alarm

A dinghy floating in the Minch sparked an emergency response on Saturday afternoon (June 29th), with concerns that a person could be lost at sea.

The sailing vessel Dos Tintos contacted Stornoway Coastguard operations centre to report that they had found the dinghy floating free off the east coast of North Uist, five miles south of Lochmaddy harbour, at 1.36pm.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Griminish and Benbecula were tasked and headed to Lochmaddy, where the yacht tied up with the dinghy in tow.

The operations room staff had meanwhile investigated and found a report of a lost dinghy from an Ardnamurchan based sailing vessel, who had reported the loss some days previously.

After the CRT teams had inspected the dinghy and confirmed that it matched the description, the owner was contacted and gave further confirmation that it was his.

He has gifted the small vessel to Lochmaddy to be used for a community group or for local benefit, after thanking all concerned for recovering it.