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Stornoway’s coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was tasked in wild weather and ferocious seas to rescue a sick crewman late last week.

HM Coastguards Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) worked day and night, across two shifts, to co-ordinate the airlift of the severely ill crewman from his vessel, far to the west of the Isle of Lewis, on Friday 12 April.

The Malta-flagged bulk carrier Milin Kamak called for help at 5.30pm, when she was 130 nautical miles west of Lewis and as the crew member was taken seriously ill.

Rescue helicopter R948 was tasked to the scene and the skipper was asked to head towards Stornoway to close the gap with the 190-metre vessel, en route from Argentina to Denmark.

The helicopter crew reached the vessel at 90nm from Lewis and airlifted the man from the heaving deck in challenging conditions, with force 9 gales and six-metre waves to contend with.

The casualty was flown directly to Western Isles Hospital, where members of Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team were standing by to maintain safety at the landing site.

All teams were stood down at 11.45pm.

The picture is from VesselFinder