A man airlifted to hospital after a shoreline rescue near Portree was described as “improving” by local police more than a week after the dramatic incident.  

In what turned out to be a multi-agency on July 22 involving ambulance, coastguard, police and RNLI personnel a middle aged man was located and given emergency assistance after apparently falling on the rocky shoreline at Bearreraig Bay close to the Storr Lochs hydro electric plant.

On arrival at the scene Portree’s RNLI inflatable was used to put crew members ashore.

Members of the public - incliuding a ten-year-old boy and 14 year-old boy - originally raised the alarm.  The 14-year-old ran up to the top of the steep slope nearby to phone for assistance and also brought down blankets to assist the casualty on the beach.

Eventually he was stretchered to the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter which managed to land nearby before being flown to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for emergency treatment