3/20/2013

Stornoway Coastguard Helicopter Drops By



Yesterday, we heard the Coastguard helicopter flying overhead, and then saw it heading down towards the machair. So, in the custom of true bloggers, I headed down to the machair with the camera. 

You can't see much of the helicopter, but the day was so lovely, the sea such a lovely colour, and my enjoyment at simply being outside so great, that I clicked away anyway.

(When I say I was outside, I  mean I was outside of the house. Being inside the car still counts as outside in my world. Thank you for understanding.)



The helicopter hovered for a while and dropped one of the Coastguards close to a gulley.



When it hovered at its lowest, you could see so much spray coming up from the water.



I assumed it was an exercise, but it turns out they were indeed rescuing a fellow who'd gone down the cliffs after his dog.



Thankfully, nobody was hurt.



See the hole in the rock here. That's the Eye of the Butt.

That's there from when the Vikings first came to Lewis, loved the island so much and decided they wanted to tow it back to Norway.

Tall tale?? Not a bit of it. True story.

(Well, the part where the Vikings came to Lewis is true. And the bit that says they loved Lewis is true. Two out of three ain't bad, is it?)



The chopper flew across Eoropie to the lighthouse and landed there.


Aren't you glad I'm here to give you another snippet of useless information? Yep, I thought so.


15 comments:

  1. I think it's very interesting! I would have run out with a camera for such a thing! :-)

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  2. Those coastguard guys will always hold a very special place in our hearts, as I'm sure you know :0)

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    1. Of COURSE!!! your boat saga!

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    2. Yes, Kirsteen, with every good reason for you... x

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  3. Wow! I think that would be fascinating! We have copters fly over here, but they haven't landed yet...Bummer!

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    1. They are so amazingly skilled at keeping the chopper still in all kinds of winds, or none. They're good :)

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  4. Those coast guard people are great! I do remember reading Kirsteen's story too! Amazing! Your pictures are lovely, AND the tidbits of historical information that are missing from my education are wonderful to hear!

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    1. Thanks, Keri :)
      Yes, they will always have a very special place in Kirsteen's heart.

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  5. Pictures are beautiful I am amazed of how blue the water is. My Irish hunter DD recently returned from Ireland and the water also was so nice. In Delaware its a murky green.

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    1. Yes, we are blessed with very clean waters here. Of course, the colour changes depending on the colour of the sky, but today, as I write this and look out of my kitchen window, the colour is even deeper blue.

      Ahhhh .... lovely :)

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  6. I've seen the coast guard helicopters here do a rescue before, but I never have my camera. In the car qualifies for "outside" to me too!

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    1. Mrs S, I'm so glad someone else is like me. The car is 'outside' enough for me in this cold ;)

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  7. glad the man...and the dog are okay! beautiful shots, love the water!

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    1. Thanks, MM. The water is absolutely stunning. I can see why artists, writers or poets would want to come near the sea for inspiration. It's wonderful

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  8. Its nice to have a little glimpse into life from your end of the world. I am glad all were okay (I assume the dog was okay as well?) I am remembering Kirsteen's experience as also. Thank the Lord for the blessings of courageous upright people who come to aid when needed.
    Love and Blessings,
    Pam

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