Whilst this may seem a fanciful explanation, the power of the wind at these isolated lighthouses has to be experienced to be believed. A number of lighthouses have their own peculiar wind vortex characteristics, two examples being Barra Head and Muckle Flugga. Captain Harvie was aware of this possibility right away. As an example, former NLB Light keeper Alistair Henderson (who weighed 16 Stones - 102Kgs) was once carrying a fridge between the Lighthouse and station buildings at Rubh'Re when the wind lifted him, while he was holding the fridge, off his feet and blew him over and landed several feet away.


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