A man was hospitalized following a very bazaar and unusual confrontation with cows at a secluded beach in Scotland.
While visiting Traigh Eais beach in Barra on a Saturday evening, the man and his two female friends found themselves cornered by the cattle. Authorities, including the police, Barra Coastguard Rescue Team, and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, were alerted to the situation around 8 p.m.
A representative from Stornoway Coastguard shared, “The trio – a man and two women – were reportedly trapped by the cows. The man suffered a chest injury and was visibly distressed.”
Lighting support was provided by a local fire crew at the scene. It’s understood that the farmer arrived, and the matter was resolved just before 10 p.m.
The 56-year-old man was transported to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to tend to his injuries. Meanwhile, the women were transported to St. Brendan’s Hospital in Castlebay for medical attention.
A statement from Police Scotland detailed, “At approximately 8:05 p.m. on 16th September 2023, emergency teams responded to a call in Eoligarry, Barra. It was reported that three individuals had encountered a group of cattle, including a bull, during their walk near Traigh Mora and Traigh Eais.
All involved have been advised and supported. There will be no subsequent police intervention.”
Angus MacNeil, MP for Western Isles and a Barra resident, remarked on the incident, “It’s deeply unsettling to hear about such incidents. We hope for a swift recovery for all affected.”
Interestingly, Barra Airport, located on the island, was recognized as one of the world’s top six unique runways the previous year. Notably, the world’s sole airport operates flights landing on a beach affected by tides.
In the previous year, Barra Airport was ranked among the world’s top six runways to visit.
This distinction is the most recent recognition of the unique island airport, renowned for being the only one globally where scheduled flights touch down on a beach influenced by tides.