A man has been airlifted to hospital after he and two women were trampled by a herd of cows at a remote beauty spot.
The man, 56, and two women were attacked by the cattle on Traigh Eais beach on the Isle of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
The alarm was raised at about 8pm on Saturday (September 16) with police, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Barra Coastguard Rescue Team rushing to help them.
A Stornoway Coastguard spokesperson said the man and two women were said to be trapped by the cows with the man in shock after sustaining a blow to the chest.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a local crew attended the incident. The man was flown to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and the two women were taken to St Brendan’s Hospital in Castlebay for treatment.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police and emergency services were called to Eoligarry, Barra, following a report that three people, a man and two women, had been injured by a herd of cows and a bull whilst walking between near Traigh Eais and Traigh Mor.”
He confirmed that a 56-year-old man was flown by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but has since been discharged.
The two women were treated at St Brendan’s Hospital in Castlebay and have also been discharged, according to the force, which is not taking any further action.
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil, who lives on Barra, said: “This is obviously a very distressing incident. We wish all involved a speedy recovery.”
By one estimate, cows attack up to four thousand people every year with an expert recently revealing this figure may continue to rise.
More than 30 people were killed by cows between 2018 and 2022, according to the UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive.
A woman died after being trampled by a herd of cows in Wales on September 1.
Experts have called for new laws to protect the public from “killer cows”, claiming an increase in aggressive behaviour by cattle.
David Clarke from Cattle on Walkers Safety (COWS) told the Daily Star death figures vary from year to year and there are often spikes.
He added: “A few years back there were three deaths in a short space of months. Also, deaths can be distinguished between farmers and members of the public, usually about three times more farmers are killed than the public.
“Long-term fatalities are about five a year. On a low number, any increase is significant. But there does seem a trend upward.
“Also, remember deaths are just the extreme result of lots of attacks/incidents.
“I suspect three to four thousand a year but nobody knows, with consequences ranging from lucky escape, trauma, minor injuries and progressively more serious injuries to deaths.”