Helicopter ditches into loch sparking emergency response
At around 10.15am on Wednesday, police were alerted to the incident.
A helicopter has ditched into a loch in the Western Isles.
Police were alerted to the incident in North Uist around 10.15am on Wednesday.
PDG Aviation Services chief executive Jerry Francis confirmed that the aircraft was one of its fleet, a AS350B2 Squirrel.
It was working for the Scottish Salmon Company at the time it ditched in a loch between Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib.
A spokesman added: "I am able to confirm it was one of our aircraft.
"It was out working at the time for the Scottish Salmon Company, but it was not carrying salmon."
Police and ambulance crews attended the incident which forced the closure of local roads.
The A867 was shut between Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib.
MP Angus MacNeil wrote on Twitter: "Devastating and concerning news about the helicopter near Lochmaddy in North Uist ....thoughts to all involved and those who are helping on the scene."
Loganair said there may be delays at Benbecula Airport due to the incident.
The airline said: "We are aware there has been a helicopter incident in North Uist & our thoughts are with all those affected.
"Please be advised the incident is impacting upon journey times to and from Benbecula Airport.
"Given these circumstances, Loganair will be offering additional flexibility for our customers travelling today to and from Benbecula."