Highlands & Islands

Russian crewman airlifted to hospital

A Russian crewman has been airlifted from his ship off the Outer Hebrides in stormy conditions after suffering a suspected stroke.

The sailor was taken off the "Viljandi" which was 10 miles east of the Butt of Lewis when a call for help was made to the coastguard at 1300 BST.

The sailor was airlifted from the vessel in strong winds and taken to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway at 1432 BST.

His condition is not known.

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