Three call outs in one day for Loch Ness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly before 1.30pm, on Sunday 26 July, Loch Ness RNLI crew were paged to a powered sail boat, that had experienced engine failure.

RNLI/Loch Ness Team

Approaching the southern shore, to reach the casualty
Upon the lifeboat arriving on scene, the casualty vessel had been able to restart the engine, with some spare parts they had onboard.
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 hi
m across the Loch, to a waiting ambulance crew.

RNLI/Loch Ness Team

Rendezvous with ambulance near Invermoriston

RNLI/Loch Ness Team

Escorting casualty vessel

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