Three call outs in one day for Loch Ness RNLI
Shortly before 1.30pm, on Sunday 26 July, Loch Ness RNLI crew were paged to a powered sail boat, that had experienced engine failure.
The 'Sheila and Dennis Tongue IV' lifeboat was requested to escort the vessel on the remainder of its journey through Loch Ness. The rest of this journey remained uneventful, and the casualty vessel was eventually able to rendezvous with a HM Coastguard shore team, at Dochgarroch.
At 4.20pm, the pagers sounded again. Fortunately the lifeboat was stood down, shortly after crew assembled at the station.
Finally, at 5.10pm, the familiar chime of a pager rang again. This time the 'Sheila and Dennis Tongue IV' was launched urgently to two young boys, who had found themselves stranded on the steep and overgrown, southern shore of Loch Ness, after their kayaks had been caught in bad weather. On arrival on scene, opposite Invermoriston, the HM Coastguard helicopter was in the process of recovering one of the boys. Once he had been recovered, they left the scene, heading directly for Raigmore hospital, in Inverness. The RNLI crew were able to recover the second casualty, and take him across the Loch, to a waiting ambulance crew.
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.