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A long-range rescue has been carried out to fly a crewman to hospital after he suffered
an injury on board a trawler 230 nautical miles west of Lewis.
The fisherman seriously damaged his hand in an accident while his vessel was in the
Atlantic and needed hospital treatment.
The Stornoway coastguard helicopter was sent with the coastguard fixed wing plane
providing top cover and support.
The crewman was winched onboard and then flown back to Stornoway Airport on Saturday
There he was handed over the an ambulance crew and transferred to an air ambulance
to a mainland hospital.
Dai Jones, duty controller for 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
Injured crewman rescued in long range mission
27 August 2017