Highlands & Islands

Man, 87, rescued after St Kilda cliff fall

Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team Image copyright Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team
Image caption Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team said the operation was done on difficult terrain

An 87-year-old man has been rescued after falling down cliffs in the remote archipelago of St Kilda.

The alarm was raised at about 14:20 on Tuesday when the pensioner got into difficulty on the island of Hirta.

A Coastguard helicopter, Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat and three Coastguard rescue teams went to the scene, 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.

Coastguards said the man had fallen a "considerable distance", though it is not known how far.

Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team said the operation was done on difficult terrain.

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Image caption Leverburgh lifeboat heading for St Kilda

Two Coastguard cliff rescue technicians brought the man to safety.

He was flown to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway on Lewis for treatment and was said to be conscious but suffering from lacerations to his legs.

Home to nearly one million seabirds, St Kilda is the UK's only dual Unesco World Heritage Site for both its natural and cultural significance.

It was evacuated on 29 August 1930 after the remaining 36 islanders voted to leave as their way of life was no longer sustainable.

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Image caption The casualty was placed on a stretcher and flown to hospital