Leverburgh RNLI responds to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Stornoway Coastguard requested the assistance of Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat at 0744 hours this morning, following reports of a person in the water at Nisabost beach, on the west side of Harris.

Leverburgh RNLI in the distance, photo taken from the shore.

RNLI/Neil Campbell

Leverburgh RNLI respond to person in the water

On arrival at the scene, Leverburgh’s volunteer crew began a thorough search of the area to try and locate the casualty. The casualty was located and airlifted to hospital by Stornoway Coastguard Helicopter.

Once the casualty had been passed into the care of the Coastguard, RNLB Stella and Humfrey Berkeley and crew made their way back to the station. The Lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service again by 1050.

Police Scotland have since confirmed that the female sadly passed away. Leverburgh RNLI would like to express their sympathy to all involved in this morning’s incident.

Notes to editors

· Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 2012. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: facebook.com/leverburghrnli

· Police Scotland press release: https://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2019/march/woman-dies-beach-incident-harris

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