Highlands & Islands

Man who died after falling from cliff on Lewis named

Image caption A coastguard helicopter at the scene of Monday's incident

A man who died after plunging from a cliff in the Western Isles has been named by police as Donald MacDonald.

Emergency services were called to the area of Point on the Isle of Lewis at about 15:40 on Monday after reports he had fallen while tending sheep.

Northern Constabulary said the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter, ambulance service and lifeboat were all called out.

Mr MacDonald, 48, was a resident of Point.

He was airlifted to hospital but was later confirmed to have died.

The helicopter crew had managed to find Mr MacDonald where he had fallen down a deep ravine.

A coastguard paramedic was winched down, but further assistance was needed to get the man on to a stretcher and winched to safety.

Cliff rescue teams were dropped at the top of the cliff before making their way down to the casualty.

Crew members from the Stornoway lifeboat also made it ashore to assist.

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