Small boats have helped rescue stranded passengers after the CalMac ferry between Skye and Raasay was taken out of service.

MV Hallaig, a diesel/electric ferry, was evacuated after a battery overheated on Thursday.

A rigid inflatable picked up customers on either side of the short crossing, while a larger excursion boat helped others, including a wheelchair user.

CalMac is diverting another ferry, MV Loch Tarbert, as relief vessel.

But that will have a knock-on effect on the service between Kilchoan and Tobermory on Mull, which will now be a passenger-only route as it prepares to hold its annual Mod festival this weekend.

The small island of Raasay is a popular tourist destination, normally served by a regular 25-minute ferry service from Sconser on Skye.

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