Published: Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:30
Turbulence at airport
Yesterday’s flights between Inverness and the Western Isles were in turmoil as apparent ‘technical difficulties’ caused cancellations and delays. After the morning’s cancellation of the plane to Stornoway, passengers couldn’t go onward to Benbecula or over to Inverness, and flights both ways continued to run late until the final services yesterday evening. Operators Loganair have not issued any statement about the problems.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 15th January 2014
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:30
Fisherman’s death report
The death of a fisherman from Lewis has led to publication of an information leaflet about how to use digital selective calling (DSC) equipment to signal distress at sea. A Marine Accident Investigation enquiry found that the Achieve, which foundered off Taransay last February, sank quickly, but that a Mayday call on VHF was not complete enough to get rescuers to the scene in time. The report said that the skipper used VHF radio because he did not fully understand how the DSC worked. The Achieve's fish hold flooded and the skipper and two crew members abandoned ship as she sank quickly. 46-year-old Norman Teddy MacLeod died later in hospital after spending 20 minutes in the water.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 14th January 2014