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A junior crewman required amputation surgery following an accident at work, The Scottish Daily Record reports.

The Wanderer II was dredging for scallops along the Coast of Wiay Island in the Hebrides when the accident at sea occurred.

A relief skipper had been tipping the starboard dredges using the trawl winch's starboard whipping drum. The young crewman came to assist his colleague in the procedure, and was operating the winch when his glove and left-hand became trapped between the rope and the whipping drum.

Following the incident he was transported to Uist and Barra Hospital before being airlifted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The damage to his left-hand was severe and doctors had to carry out an amputation.

A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found that the 18-year-old deckhand had not been trained to operate the winch.

Furthermore, the boat owner had not informed the relief skipper of the crewman's lack of training.

Following the report, the MAIB has issued recommendations to the vessel's owner which aim to improve safety on-board the Wanderer II.

The organisation also contacted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Fishing Industry Safety Group with further recommendations regarding improvements on the guidance given to crewman when operating winches and other nautical apparatus.

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