Search For Fisherman Off Outer Hebrides

Two Coastguard helicopters and Stornoway RNLI lifeboat were involved in an extensive search overnight for a fisherman who went overboard from a German registered fishing vessel, 45 nautical miles North of the Butt Of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard was alerted at 2.50am by a UK registered fishing vessel which had picked up the German vessel's local distress broadcast.  Other fishing vessels in the area joined the search and HM Coastguard sent Coastguard rescue helicopters from Stornoway and Inverness and Stornoway RNLI lifeboat launched.

After three hours of searching in rough seas, the casualty was recovered to his own vessel and confirmed as deceased.

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