Busy day for Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI volunteers, with 3 callouts in 8 hours

Lifeboats News Release

As the temperature increased, so did the callouts for The Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI crew, who had a very busy afternoon on Tuesday (16th), getting called out to 3 different emergencies

The crew were first paged at 12.45pm today to reports of a rib with 5 persons & 1 dog on board, having lost power between Kyle and Kyleakin and drifting towards the rocks.  The lifeboat launched 7 minutes later, and by that time the rib had drifted towards the pontoons in Kyle, and a moored yacht had managed to get them alongside. The lifeboat took the rib under tow back to the slip where it was taken out of the water.  The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 1:15pm.

The Crew were called into action once again at 3.55pm when they were requested to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with a woman who was in the remote Coral beach area of Plockton.  The lifeboat made best speed towards the area and arrived on scene at 4.20pm where they found the casualty, who was in her 60s, was suffering with breathing difficulties.  The lifeboat took the casualty and one of the paramedics on board before returning to Kyle Pontoons where an ambulance was waiting.  The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 5:15pm.

The pagers went off for the third time at 8.06pm, after 2 walkers got into difficulty walking on the Applecross peninsula.  The men were walking the coast from Toscaig to Kishorn and had gotten into difficulty due to the heat, with one of them also injuring his ankle.  The lifeboat arrived in Kishorn at 8.25pm, where the crew began a systematic search of the coastline heading west towards Toscaig.  The casualties were located 2 miles west of Kishorn Port and were quickly taken on board the lifeboat to be assessed.  The casualties were found to be dehydrated and one had slightly injured his ankle, but were otherwise fit and well.  The crew transported the 2 men back to Kishorn where they had a car waiting.  The lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service again at 10.20pm. 

Speaking of the busy afternoon, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘This was an extremely busy afternoon for the crew, however we had a good outcome on all 3 shouts which is the main thing’.


Notes to editors:

  • Please credit picture to the RNLI
  • For further details on the female recused from Plockton, please speak to the Scottish Ambulance Service


 RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

 Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

 Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

 Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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