Rescue crews from HMS Gannet at Prestwick made three emergency trips to Colonsay in June – up two on their previous month’s total.
The most serious was to airlift a fisherman to safety after his boat capsized leaving him stranded on a rock off the west side of the island near Port Mhor.
The alarm was raised by George Leppard who saw the stranded fisherman waving for help and the Sea King Helicopter and Port Askaig RNLI lifeboat were both on scene within the hour. The man was examined by paramedics and allowed home.
Earlier in the month the chopper had carried out a medical evacuation and also gone to the aid of a visitor who had suffered quite serious injuries in a fall.
Colonsay, the jewel of the Hebrides, is about 10 miles long and 2 miles wide with 135 friendly inhabitants, and little more than 2 hours from Oban by our modern and very comfortable ferry. Our outstanding natural scenery is rivaled only by the wealth and diversity of our flora and fauna, and our archaeological sites are of international importance.