June 2006 and the Stornoway Coastguard Station hosted the 3rd annual Emergency Services Open Day.

With 28 organisations in attendance, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team was asked to participate in the day; a great opportunity for some publicity and to meet with some of the other agencies. Six of us set off on the morning Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ullapool over to Stornoway. As foot passengers, we had a fair bit of kit - display boards, rescue equipment and everything that we needed for the open day. Six of us set off on the morning Cal Mac ferry from Ullapool and, on arrival at Stornoway, had an afternoon of sunshine and chatting to interested members of the public.

With no ferry back on the Sunday, the plan was to spend the night on board the Coastguard tug, the 'Anglian Prince', which would take us back to Ullapool the next day. Enjoying a barbecue in Stornoway that evening, we were informed by the local Coastguard that the Anglian Prince had been called out to assist the passage of a tanker through the Minch and that, unfortunately we would need to return to the ship as soon as possible. Around midnight, we cast off and headed into the Minch. We were welcomed up to the bridge by the skipper and so we enjoyed the passage through the Minch in darkness. Around 02:00 it was time to retire to our cabins. Awaking at 06:30, we realised just where we were....

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