First autumn Gales spark 2 callouts in as many days for Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI
As storm force winds battered the West Coast, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were called out in rough conditions on Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday evening
lifeboat then left the kayakers at 3:05pm, and made their way back to the
station, where the boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 3:45pm.
This was a false alarm with good intent, and speaking of the incident one of the crew said "Although the kayakers were not actually in any difficulty, the member of the public who called the Coastguard thought that they were, and did the right thing considering the weather."
At 6:20pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 28th), the crew were paged at the request of Stornoway Coastguard, to assist a person stuck on a boat in Glenelg bay. The lifeboat launched shortly after and arrived on scene at 6:40pm. The crew quickly found the male, who was unable to get off the small vessel due to the very high winds and large swell. They quickly transferred the male on board the lifeboat and headed for the jetty in the village. However due to the bad conditions and debris in the water, the lifeboat was unable to get alongside and it was decided to transfer the gentleman to the Glenelg Ferry slipway.
Once the casualty was safely ashore, the crew then returned to Kyle where the boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 7:10pm.
Notes to editors:
- Please credit all pictures to Kyle RNLI
- Video of the callout to Glenelg is available
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