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Three new volunteers have embarked on a two-month training course to join Barra Coastguard’s rescue team.

They will complete around 100 hours of training to become operationally qualified Coastguard Rescue Officers just in time for the height of the summer season.

The first part of their training was vehicle familiarisation. Over the coming weeks, they will tackle a three-day casualty care course, water safety and rescue, and technician-level lost and missing person search techniques. In addition, the training will include online learning and Coastguard vehicle driving.

When they are fully fledged Coastguard Rescue Officers, the recruits will join the existing seven-strong Barra Coastguard team. They will also be tasked throughout the Southern Isles and Skye as necessary.

Pictured here at Traigh and Iar on Eoligarry are (l-r) Station Officer Robert McIntosh, CRO Stephen Kearney, CRO Fiona Nicholson, and Area Commander Murdo Macaulay. Not pictured is trainee recruit Neil Docherty.

Image credit: HM Coastguard