Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Cllr Roddie Mackay, has called upon the UK Government to reinstate the west coast based tug after yet another incident took place on Thursday evening.
Cllr Mackay said: "Last night we had an incident off the west coast which could have seriously impacted marine wildlife and the coastal environment. These incidents are all too frequent and we remain very concerned, as do colleagues in neighbouring councils, about the current situation which increases the risks for mariners and the environment. We will once again be making the case to the UK Government for a second ETV based on the west coast to address this serious issue.
We are also raising the matter of deployment of the ETV with the MCA as the Lifeboats from Leverburgh and Stornoway have had to assist the freight ship until the ETV from Orkney arrives more than 12 hours later. It is unacceptable."