A lifeboat crew has filmed a terrifying rescue off the Outer Hebrides.
A ferry was diverted to stand by a fishing boat with three people on board after it started taking in water in heavy seas at the weekend.
The Ocean Spirit broke down with engine problems off Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and radioed for help at 4.15pm on Saturday.
The Stornoway to Ullapool ferry MV Isle of Lewis, which was undergoing engine trials, diverted to stand by the locally-based wooden trawler, which was ten miles south east of the Outer Hebrides port.
The Stornoway Lifeboat and Stornoway Coastguard search and rescue helicopter went to the aid of the stricken craft as did a nearby fishing vessel, Carlsbay.
But the Ocean Spirit managed to make its own way to Stornoway for repairs.
“On the arrival of the lifeboat the crew of three aboard the trawler managed to cut the fishing gear away in poor weather conditions – winds over Force 9 and 4 metre seas,” said a spokesman for the lifeboat.
“The fishing vessel’s own pumps were able to cope with the water ingress, and the boat was able to return to Stornoway under her own power, escorted by the lifeboat, coastguard helicopter and the fishing vessel Carlsbay.
“The CalMac ferry Isle of Lewis also responded to the mayday, and stood by the casualty until the situation was brought under control. The casualty was safely alongside in Stornoway harbour by 8.30pm Many thanks to all who answered the mayday and gave help.”