Unusual object seen on Loch Ness, investigated and recovered by RNLI team

Lifeboats News Release

Following a sighting of an unusual object in the water, by a UK Coastguard helicopter, heading south over Loch Ness, the "Sheila and Dennis Tongue IV" was launched to investigate.

New recruit Kieron holding the balloon aloft

RNLI/Loch Ness Team

Kieron will remember his first Shout!
Initial reports had suggested it appeared to be some sort of balloon, but operating on the basis that we were better to be safe than sorry, it was decided the object was worth checking up on.

Following the page, shortly before 10am, the lifeboat made best speed to the location, which was mid-loch, between Urquhart Bay and Foyers power station. This was actually the first Shout for new recruit Kieron Tarling, so it carried some extra significance.

On arrival at the scene, the team were able to locate the balloon very quickly, and thanks to the very calm conditions on the loch, could establish that there was no-one else in the surrounding area in distress.

New recruit Kieron spoke about his first Shout, saying "I couldn't have really asked for a better first Shout, everyone was safe and completely professional, but we did get a bit of a laugh with regards to the casualty".
The Atlantic 85, sitting on the trolley, being recovered to the station... along with the balloon

RNLI/Loch Ness Team

The Atlantic 85 being recovered to the Lifeboat station... along with the balloon

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