Chris Cameron, an army veteran who had been attempting a world record by spending 60 days living on the remote Islet of Rockall, had to be rescued by the coastguard after weather conditions became too bad this week.
The uninhabited rock sits in the North Atlantic Ocean 230 miles West of North Uist and is only 31meters wide and 21 metres long. Mr Cameron was raising money for veterans charities and managed 32 days before having to send a distress call to the coastguard after most of his equipment was destroyed by wind and waves and he was nearly swept away himself.
The current world record for days spent on Rockall is 45 days. Mr Cameron embarked on this fete of endurance in order to raise money for various military charities, including the Marines Charity and the Army Benevolent Fund. Mr Cameron joined he British Army as an infantry soldier and spent six years with the Gordon Highlanders and now works providing specialist training to military personnel with in the UK.
Mr Cameron was fortunate to leave service still fully fit and able bodied. Unfortunately a significant number of our armed forces sustain injury in service or develop illnesses after they leave which were caused by service. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme exists to compensate those who have been injured as a result of services in our forces. Our specialist AFCS team can advise you as to whether you may have a claim through the scheme and can assist you in making an application for compensation.