Loch Ness RNLI team assist six occupants of stricken vessel
Following reports of a vessel that had struck rocks, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the 'Sheila and Dennis Tongue IV', was launched on Loch Ness, shortly after 7.00pm on Saturday 29 June.
Upon arriving on the scene, near Johnny’s Point, just south of Invermoriston, the lifeboat crew established that the location of the casualty vessel meant that a tow, in the circumstances, would be too dangerous. As a result, the volunteer crew made the decision to transfer the six persons on the casualty vessel, onto the lifeboat.
The six casualties were visibly shaken but did not need any medical treatment. All were wearing lifejackets. The lifeboat was then tasked to rendezvous with the Inverness Coastguard team, at Fort Augustus.
After helping the casualties back onto dry land, the lifeboat crew returned to the vessel to recover the people's belongings. The Coastguard team and lifeboat crew were able to help them find nearby accommodation for the night.
The inshore lifeboat was stood down shortly after, and returned to station.
David Ferguson: volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Loch Ness Lifeboat Station - (07528) 674812 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin MacNamara: Regional Media Manager, Scotland 01738 642986 07920 365929 email@example.com
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.