Local News for Friday 29th June 2018
Summer shows season starts soon
The summer gets underway for real on the 7th July with the fine weather and the first summer show all contributing to the holiday atmosphere. Uig Gala Day opens at 12 noon on Reef Machair, offering the usual programme of games, entertainments and show, including Uig’s unique sheep races and boat trips from the beach.
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Local News for Thursday 28th June 2018
‘Excellent teamwork’ on St Kilda rescue
Stornoway Coastguard rescue team carried out a difficult rescue in a challenging setting on Tuesday afternoon, with rope technician Nathan Harris singled out for special praise. The team were tasked by Stornoway Coastguard at 14:30 to travel to St Kilda aboard rescue helicopter R948, to help an 87-year-old man whom had fallen down a cliff on the west side of St Kilda. He had been part of a small expedition party and had been camping alone overnight, but had fallen and cut his legs, and was stranded in a very difficult location. Tarbert and Scalpay coastguard teams were taken to the island by the RNLI Leverburgh lifeboat as a back-up team, but Stornoway coastguard team were able to recover the man using rope rescue techniques, before he was transferred to Stornoway aboard the helicopter. Volunteer teams from Tarbert and Suth Lochs manned the landing site, and he was taken to Western Isles Hospital by ambulance. The Stornoway coastguards were returned to Leverbugh on the lifeboat and were full of praise for the smooth teamwork that made the rescue possible, saying: “Our rope technician, Nathan Harris, carried out a highly technical rescue in a very difficult location and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar provided transport to get the team back to Stornoway – a great example of multi-agency team work! We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.”
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