February 22, 2015 10:14 am
In the early hours of Wednesday 18th February the cargo ship Lysblink Seaways ran aground off Kilchoan near Ardnarmurchan point in the northwest Scottish Highlands.
Late on Wednesday ROAVr were approached to obtain aerial footage of the beached ship while salvage and inspection works were undertaken.
Lead pilot in command Matthew Harmsworth and his son and observer Connor Harmsworth travelled to Kilchoan leaving our Highland base at 02:00hrs Thursday morning.
The team were on site for first light and managed to obtain some ground shots of the ship lit up at night.
After liaising with the Coastguard and Police they were able to setup a safe take off and landing area and identify an alternate. The weather conditions were far from perfect, with high winds close to our operational limits and periods of heavy rain hampering operations.
Despite this Matthew and Connor were able to get some shots for the 14:00hrs STV bulletin.
We were disappointed we could not circle the ship but conditions would not permit this.
The footage was snapped up by the BBC and STV. STV led with our footage and photographs on Thursday night and it featured heavily online for the remainder of the week.
Footage was also aired on the BBC on local and national news. Of particular interest was a brief piece on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning. We created quite a stir in the sleepy village of Kilchoan with local photographer Jon Haylett catching us in action.
At the time of writing the ship has been re-floated and is being inspected, environmental damage appears to be negligible thank goodness. We were able to put a brief video together. Enjoy!
This post was written by roavr