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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI rescue Mother & Child cut off by tide near Broadford

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle RNLI's volunteer crew continued their extremely busy week when they were paged at 6:23pm Saturday 20 August to reports of a mother and her child cut off by the tide whilst walking on the Ashaig coastline

Kyle lifeboat launched at 6:30pm yesterday at the request of Stornoway Coastguard, after the Dutch tourists got stuck on a small island between Ashaig and Broadford.  The lifeboat made best speed towards the scene and began a search of the many small islands and rocks along that stretch of coastline.  The Coastguard unit from Broadford then located the casualties and updated the crew with their position, however due to the difficult and rocky nature of the shallow waters in that area, it took the lifeboat a while to reach the 2 people.  The crew assessed the condition of the casualties who were cold but otherwise uninjured, before taking them onboard the lifeboat and transferring them to the Coastguard unit at Broadford pier.  The lifeboat then returned to Kyle and was refuelled and ready for service again at 7.50pm.

A Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘They were very happy to see us as they were both beginning to get very cold.  They had been walking along the coast and were caught by the speed of the incoming tide which is very quick in that area’.

At 9:20am this morning the lifeboat crew were back in action for the 6th time in as many days, after reports were received of a dinghy adrift in Scalpay bay.  The lifeboat arrived on scene and took the small vessel, which was in a state of disrepair, under tow back to Kyle.

Speaking of the recent busy period, the spokesperson said: ‘This has been a remarkable week with an unprecedented 6 shouts in the past 6 days. Happily, all of them had a successful outcome and we have rescued 13 people and 1 dog.  We are all volunteers and have full time jobs, however thanks to some understanding bosses we are able to drop everything and respond when the pager goes off’.


 Notes to editors:

  • For further details on the 2 people rescued, please contact Stornoway Coastguard
  • Picture shows a crew member assessing the condition of the casualties whilst the lifeboat stands by.
  • Please credit picture to Kyle RNLI


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