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A proposal to base a lifeboat on the western seaboard of Lewis has taken a step forward with a meeting to be held with the main maritime rescue organisations.

Representatives from the RNLI and coastguard will attend the public meeting to gauge the level of support from the community.

There are local concerns of the need to bridge the rescue gap between north Harris and Ness.

Leverburgh or the larger Stornoway lifeboat could take over two hours to reach an incident.

Carloway Community Association has arranged a meeting for next Tuesday evening in Carloway hall.

A spokesman said: “Do come along to the public meeting and hear an update from the RNLI on lifeboat services around Lewis.

“Swimmers, surfers, fishermen, boating fraternity, commercial and leisure interests, or concerned coastal folk, this is also your opportunity to air your views on maritime safety on our west coast waters.

“Whether you are content with things as they are, or you feel there should be a better lifeboat service, the RNLI and coastguard really do want to hear your views.”

Proposal for lifeboat on Lewis west coast

19 Sept 2017