The Coastguard station in Stornoway maintains a 24 hour watch over the Northwest of Scotland and the Northeastern Atlantic Ocean.
The staff respond to all types of emergencies including calls from vessels in distress or needing assistance, walkers and climbers on the hills and mountains and the mainland, medical evacuation of NHS patients from remote areas, investigating reports of vessels or people overdue to assisting the other emergency services when call upon.
Aside from the emergency response we also provide weather and navigational information to shipping with regular Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts every 4 hours throughout the day, these include the latest Inshore Waters Forecast and current Gale Warnings for the area. Twice a day we broadcast an enhanced Maritime Safety Information (MSI) broadcast which also includes the Shipping Forecast, Subfacts (for submarine activity), navigation warnings and the 3-day Fishing Forecast (October to March only).
As well as this we monitor and take transit reports from vessels over 300 gross tonnes which travel through the Minch. These vessels make four radio reports to us at set locations during their passage through the area, including the Traffic Separation Scheme at Neist Point, Skye.
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