Two rescues in two days for Loch Ness RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday afternoon 14 May an exhausted kayaker was located and safely taken on board the B class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Colin James Daniel.

Helmsman Howie Whyte with crew Sandra Delday and Craig Turner launched at 4.39pm to assist the holiday-maker who was out on Loch Ness kayaking with four companions when he got into difficulties. The man had ended up on the rocky lee shore and had to swim to the lifeboat aided by one of the crew on a line to ensure the lifeboat was kept safe from being swept on to the rocks. The man, who was very shaken by his experience, was returned safely to the campsite at Foyers by the lifeboat crew before they returned to base.

This was the first shout for Loch Ness crew member Craig Turner who was happy to have been involved. 'It was good to finally get out and put all the months of training and preparation into action' he said. RNLI train every volunteer to a very high standard and make sure each volunteer is well equipped for whatever situation they may encounter in the water.

The second call out on Tuesday 16 May at 2.13pm was to rescue two canoeists who had capsized and come ashore north of Invermoriston. Cold and wet and hampered by waves and wind, they were soon picked up by the Loch Ness lifeboat. Neil Stebbings at the helm with Garry MacLeod and Jamie MacPherson picked up both canoeists and took them back to the campsite at Foyers.

Loch Ness often takes people by surprise and we always advise people to be prepared and check the weather conditions before setting out.

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