Nail-biting moment surfer is winched to safety after becoming stranded on rocks 

Nail-biting footage shows a surfer clinging to rocks in rough waves being winched to safety by a helicopter.

The man was one of three surfers who became stranded at Mangersta on the Isle of Lewis yesterday afternoon.

A member of the public rang 999 after seeing them in trouble and HM Coastguard was called in to perform the brave rescue.

Tense video footage, captured from the helicopter, shows a winchman being lowered down onto the treacherous rocks and strapping the surfer to him.

They are then lifted to the safety of the shore, where he was reunited with his two fellow surfers who made it to dry land unaided.

The group did not suffer any injuries and were treated for shock on scene.

It is not clear what cause them to run into trouble.

The winchman is lowered onto the rocks to rescue the surfer who became stranded at Mangersta on the Isle of Lewis yesterday afternoon

The winchman is lowered onto the rocks to rescue the surfer who became stranded at Mangersta on the Isle of Lewis yesterday afternoon

The winchman is lowered onto the rocks to rescue the surfer who became stranded at Mangersta on the Isle of Lewis yesterday afternoon

The surfer is strapped to the winchman and the pair are then lifted to the shore

The surfer is strapped to the winchman and the pair are then lifted to the shore

The surfer is strapped to the winchman and the pair are then lifted to the shore

The surfer was reunited with his two fellow surfers on the beach. They had made it to dry land unaided

The surfer was reunited with his two fellow surfers on the beach. They had made it to dry land unaided

The surfer was reunited with his two fellow surfers on the beach. They had made it to dry land unaided

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