Press release

Holidaymaker rescued from sea in Outer Hebrides

A holidaymaker was rescued when she got into difficulty in the sea after being cut off by the tide at Steinish in the Outer Hebrides.

Coastguards rescued a woman who got into difficulty

Stornoway Coastguard was alerted by a local resident as the incident unfolded around 3:30pm yesterday (23 April).

Stornoway and Bragar coastguard rescue teams used specialist water rescue equipment – including drysuits and rope – to safely recover the woman.

Murdo Macaulay, Watch Manager at Stornoway Coastguard, said:

The woman was rescued within 16 minutes of us receiving the initial call.

She was tired from her ordeal, but didn’t sustain any injuries.

We advise people to check the weather and tides before they set out.

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Published 24 April 2014