Highlands & Islands

Injured fisherman winched from boat in 'choppy' seas

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Media captionCoastguard footage from Tuesday night's rescue

An injured fisherman was winched to a coastguard helicopter from a boat as it rolled in a heavy swell off the Western Isles.

The rescue took place about 80 miles (129km) north-east of Stornoway in Lewis on Tuesday night. The coastguard described sea conditions as "choppy".

The man injured a hand and the alarm was raised by his crewmates at about 20:30.

He was flown to Stornoway and taken by ambulance to Western Isles Hospital.

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Image caption The fisherman is winched to the helicopter