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Vivian BaileyVolunteer deputy lifeboat press officer
at Loch Ness.
We encourage all loch users to contact the Coastguard in such circumstances as they are able to contact any vessel with a VHF radio to ask them for sightings.
Lifeboats News Release
Volunteer crew from Loch Ness RNLI were tasked on Friday 17 August, to a boat with engine failure on Loch Ness.
The boat, a RIB with four people on board, had broken down while on a pleasure cruise on the loch, in between Urquhart Catle and Invermoriston.
RNLI Loch Ness volunteer crew members Joy Cameron, Matt McWhirr and helm Garry MacLeod launched the Atlantic 75 lifeboat, Thelma Glossop, and immediately made for the reported location.On arrival, the crew members were told that the RIB passengers were concerned as to the whereabouts of another vessel which had been accompanying them with members of the same family on board.Aberdeen Coastguard also alerted the Fort Augustus volunteer coastguard team, who initiated a shore-based search for the second vessel, while the RNLI crew towed the RIB to the nearest safe landing at Foyers.Fortunately, the Coastguard team quickly located the second vessel, which came ashore at Rubha Ban to set down two passengers before returning to Fort Augustus.Joy Cameron said: 'The members of the family on the RIB were relieved to hear that the rest of the family were safe and sound, as they had not been able to contact them by mobile for some time. We encourage all loch users to contact the Coastguard in such circumstances as they are able to contact any vessel with a VHF radio to ask them for sightings.'The RNLI and Coastguard teams were co-ordinated by Aberdeen Coastguard.
RNLI Photo Caption: This picture taken by Matt McWhirr shows Loch Ness towing in the RIB.RNLI Media Contacts: Vivian Bailey, Crew Member/Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Loch Ness Lifeboat. Contact 07788 414 254 or 07951 838 885.
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