Two crew members were airlifted from a fishing vessel far to the northwest of Lewis yesterday (Wednesday 29 November), after suffering serious injuries at sea.
Stornoway’s HM Coastguard maritime rescue co-ordination centre (MRCC) received a report of injuries to two crewmen aboard the Spanish supertrawler Lodairo, shortly before 4.30am yesterday.
The vessel’s position was reported as 110 nautical miles north-northwest of the Butt of Lewis and medical advice had already been taken via MRCC Madrid, who recommended medical evacuation.
Coastguard helicopter R948 was tasked from Stornoway as the vessel itself set course for Lewis to close the gap.
The helicopter reached the scene at 6am, and the crew transferred the two casualties aboard and made for Western Isles Hospital.
They were met at the landing site by Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team and members of Scottish Ambulance Service and taken into the hospital to be stabilised.
Both were later taken to mainland hospitals by air ambulance.
All the Stornoway crews were stood down, with the incident closed, shortly after 8am.
The pictures show the fishing vessel Lodairo (Eli Poulson/marinetraffic.com) and Stornoway CRT at the helicopter landing site on a job earlier this year (Stornoway CRT).