Highlands & Islands

Missing fisherman located after search in Loch Erisort

Coastguard teams, a lifeboat and a helicopter were involved in a search for a missing fisherman in Loch Erisort off the Isle of Lewis.

The man was reported missing at about 22:45 on Thursday due to his vessel being overdue.

It is thought he had engine difficulties but managed to get himself to shore and was located about three hours later.

He was taken to Western Isles Hospital but was said to be "safe and well".

The Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat, South Lochs Inshore Rescue Team and the Stornoway, Tarbet and Breascleate coastguard rescue teams were involved in efforts to find him.

A coastguard spokesman said: "After an extensive search, we are pleased to report that the man has been found safe and well. It appears that he had engine difficulties but managed to get himself to shore. This is a happy ending, but it could have ended very differently.

"Whenever you go to sea, make sure you take appropriate communications, navigation and safety equipment with you.

"We recommend where possible, all vessels are fitted with VHF DSC radio equipment which can send a distress alert and, if it is linked up to GPS, an accurate position of your vessel to the coastguard with one touch of a button."

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