A long-range rescue over the Atlantic Ocean was carried out to fly a crewman to hospital after he suffered an injury on board a fishing vessel more than 230 nautical miles from Stornoway.

A call came into the UK Coastguard just after 10am yesterday ( Saturday 26th August) reporting that the crew member had suffered a serious injury to his hand and needed hospital treatment.

The HM Coastguard search and helicopter from Stornoway was sent with a Coastguard fixed-wing aircraft providing top cover and support.

The crewman was winched onboard and then flown back to Stornoway where he was handed over the Scottish Ambulance Service and transferred to an air ambulance.

Dai Jones, from the UK Coastguard said: ‘This vessel was a long way out which meant we had to provide top cover to support the helicopter as it flew out pick up this injured man. We’re always glad to play our part in helping to rescue people and wish this crewman well."