HM Coastguard has confirmed that searches ongoing after an EPIRB alert detected around 64 miles northwest of Stornoway this morning. Photo: Stornoway RNLI/Nigel Millard
Searches have been ongoing off the Western Isles of Scotland after a report of an activated distress beacon believed to be about 64 miles (103km) northwest of the Butt of Lewis.
Stornoway lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter along with a fixed wing aircraft have been involved in searches since the alarm was raised at 0130 this morning.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said this evening that the search is ongoing but nothing has been detected so far
A spokesperson told The Fishing Daily:
“HM Coastguard has coordinated an extensive search since an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert was detected north-west of Stornoway just before 1.30am this morning (October 27). A RNLI lifeboat based at Stornoway and an assisting vessel which responded to distress broadcasts continued searching today. Overnight and this morning the Coastguard helicopter based at Stornoway searched extensively, with nothing found.
“A fixed wing aircraft has now joined the search effort.”