Local News for Monday 25th June 2018

Islands need vets
Stornoway’s Old Mill Veterinary practice has used emotive phrasing in their recruitment campaign for a new vet for the Isles of Lewis and Harris. In an ad on the jobsearch page Scottish Veterinary Jobs Alert, they wrote: “If there are any vets looking for a permanent job who fancies a beautiful location, consider Old Mill Practice on the Island of Lewis. It is the archetypical “James Herriot” type of mixed practice, where you get to do a bit of everything. This is a job where you will be part of the community and truly respected for that. The advert goes on to describe HebCelt, the northern lights, Harris gin and the famous beaches before concluding: “So don’t be put off by thinking it’s remote. Why not give it a go? You will end up loving living there.”

Niall Iain’s ‘last word’
Atlantic adventurer Niall Iain Macdonald was safely landed in Canada on Friday, and published his final thoughts on his third attempt at the Atlantic crossing on his blog at the weekend. Niall Iain was rescued last week by a Dutch cargo vessel, 800 miles into his 4000-mile attempt to row solo from the USA to Stornoway, after heavy seas flooded his boat and forced him to abandon it. He was granted permission to land in Canada after a plea to Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, and provided with the right paperwork thanks to the Canadian Border Service and the British High Commission in Ottawa. He now expects to return to Scotland within the next couple of days, and to take stock of his own mental health before deciding what to do next. Niail Iain wrote: “Despite all that has happened recently, I can have no regrets about NY2SY and consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to try it at all. I know that the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) will benefit from all your support and wonderful generosity and as a result, lives will be lived and lives will be saved. Thank you for your donations and I hope that some of you will continue to support SAMH, or a mental health charity locally.” His appeal on JustGiving has so far raised over £23,000 and you can donate further using the link on our Facebook page.

Navy in port
There was an unusual sight in Stornoway harbour today, with three Royal Navy Archer-class patrol vessels lined up against the pier. Patrol vessels HMS Ranger, HMS Smiter and HMS Archer are all training vessels for University Royal Naval Units (URNU) and brought students from Edinburgh, Oxford and Sussex with them on exercise, arriving in Stornoway on Sunday during their summer deployment around the west coast of Scotland. On Sunday they undertook training with Stornoway Coastguard search and rescue helicopter crew, and today they navigated the treacherous waters of Corryvreckan.

Coastguard tasking
Stornoway coastguard volunteer team were tasked at 11:50 on Sunday morning to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service at Stornoway harbour. The fishing vessel Kamaro had come alongside with a crewman suffering from suspected appendicitis. The casualty was taken to Western Isles Hospital for treatment.

Weekend football
Westside are the only island team remaining in the Highland Amateur Cup after the weekend’s matches on the mainland saw Lochs beaten 3-2 by Avoch and Aths go down 2-1 to Tomatin. Westside beat Loch Ness 1-2 and will now meet Contin in the quarter-final on July 14th. Tonight we are back to league matches on day eight out of 14, so the teams play each other for the second time in the league this season. All matches kick off at 7pm. Carloway v Point at Cnoc a’ Choilich, Lochs v Westside at Creagan Dubh, Lochs, Ness v Aths at Fivepenny and United v Back at Goathill.