Published: Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:30
Storm winds batter Rockall hermit
Fast-building storm force winds hit charity hermit Nick Hancock hard yesterday. Nick’s attempting to make the longest ever stay on Rockall, north-west of Lewis in the Atlantic, and he’s lasted 28 days of his 60 –day attempt so far. Force 8 winds and huge waves battered Nick’s survival pod, and barrels of supplies lashed to the rock broke loose and were washed away, but Nick himself remained safe. Yesterday he was in touch with his support team and said he could not yet make a full damage assessment until the conditions abate. He told his team: "It may be that I have lost barrels with more than two weeks of supplies. If that is the case, I may be unable to continue for 60 days as I had planned." The current record for a solo occupation of Rockall is 40 and three members of Greenpeace also stayed on for 42 days in 1997.
The midweek windy weather came as a sudden interruption to the still, quiet weather we’ve had for some time. Winds hit 50 mph at the Point weather station and 49mph at Ness.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 3rd July 2014
Published: Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:30
Engineers at work
Radio engineers will be at work today establishing what damage has affected Isles FM’s radio transmission. Phase engineers were unable to reach the island as planned on Monday due to heavy bookings on the ferries as school holidays began. They arrived last night and will today evaluate whether the transmission problem has a quick fix or needs more major work.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 2nd July 2014