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Family group rescued by Loch Ness lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly before noon on Friday a cruise boat with a family of five on board was heading north from Urquhart Bay harbour when engine failure caused the vessel to drift onto the shore.

The casualty vessel safely back in harbour with the Loch Ness Lifeboat Colin James Daniel alongside and the new Loch Ness lifeboat station under construction in the background

Bobby from Inverness Coastguard

Safely back in Urquhart Bay Harbour
RNLI volunteers Garry MacLeod with Jamie MacPherson at Helm and Linda Izquierdo Ross launched the lifeboat and very soon reached the casualty vessel which was quite close by. Crew member Garry then went aboard the cruiser to assist while the lifeboat proceeded to tow them back off the shore. Once the vessel was safely off the shore it was then returned under tow to Urquhart Bay Harbour, where the casualty was handed over to two members of the Inverness Coastguard. The conditions were calm and there were no injuries. Thanks were given to Bobby and Stewart from the Inverness Coastguard.The lifeboat then returned to base and was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.
The man on board the cruiser, who is studying for a phd at Manchester University, was with his wife and three children and is a return visitor, having been on Loch Ness several times previously.

RNLI/Joanna Stebbings

Cruiser under tow returning to Harbour

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