Posted: Saturday, 01 July 2006
Arnish, why was the helicopter used rather than a boat, given then proximate location of the Coast Guard Station? Isn't the use of the helicopter both more dangerous (for the rescuers) and more expensive? Just curious.
mjc from NM,USA
I dont know 100% but takeing a guess, the helicopter may allready been in the vacinty at the time?
rick from isle of lewis
Dangerous for one boat, dangerous for another. Plus around that area of the harbour, it's quite risky due to submerged rocks etc.
Dave from Western Isles
UK Coastguards do not operate patrol boats or cutters like the USA Coastguard service and boats are not based by the coastguard station. The chopper was already airborne above Stornoway and just seconds away. In any case the sailor managed to swim ashore. The lifeboat service in the UK is an independent charity and relies upon volunteers - lifebaost are not constantly manned but crew are available on call.
John from Isle of Lewis