HC Deb 11 February 1953 vol 511 cc46-7W
101. Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has yet received a report on the rescue of the s.s. "Clan MacQuarrie," which went ashore on the Isle of Lewis during the night of 30th January.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes. I am glad to say that despite the very adverse weather conditions-wind of hurricane force with snow and hail which greatly reduced the visibility-H.M. coastguard, with the assistance of the life saving company and a number of local helpers, succeeded in rescuing the master and crew of the vessel, 66 men all told, by breeches buoy. I should like to take this opportunity of expressing our appreciation of the gallant conduct of all concerned in this rescue operation.