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GP in daring rescue at sea

Dr Brian Michie took part in a remarkable helicopter rescue mission last week to help an injured fisherman stranded 300 miles out in the mid-Atlantic.

The helicopter carrying coastguard volunteer and Stornoway GP Dr Michie had to go way past its normal fuel range to reach the man, who had seriously injured his hand in a fish-skinning machine. Lack of fuel meant the crew had only five minutes to winch Dr Michie to the boat and both men back to the helicopter.

The Western Isles GP, who has been on 70 previous missions, said: 'It was my longest mission and we were at the absolute extreme of fuel range. I wasn't scared. There's always an adrenaline surge but it's such a good team.'

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