Today, the captain of the Flinterspirit, which disputed passage with the island of North Uist last week, appeared in court. He was charged with offences against maritime regulations in connection with the incident. On Thursday, two days after the stranding, the master was found in charge of his vessel in Stornoway Harbour with a blood alcohol level of 121, the maximum legal level being 35. The captain was bailed to a hotel in Stornoway, part of his bail conditions being not to leave the island. He will return to court on Wednesday.
The stranding of the Flinterspirit led to a political row over the withdrawal of emergency tug cover from the Minch, which had occurred just 48 hours previous.