As the temperature increased, so did the callouts for The Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI crew, who had a very busy afternoon on Tuesday (16th), getting called out to 3 different emergencies
crew were first paged at 12.45pm today to reports of a rib with 5 persons &
1 dog on board, having lost power between Kyle and Kyleakin and drifting
towards the rocks. The lifeboat launched
7 minutes later, and by that time the rib had drifted towards the pontoons in
Kyle, and a moored yacht had managed to get them alongside. The lifeboat took
the rib under tow back to the slip where it was taken out of the water. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for
service again at 1:15pm.
Crew were called into action once again at 3.55pm when they were requested to
assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with a woman who was in the remote Coral
beach area of Plockton. The lifeboat made
best speed towards the area and arrived on scene at 4.20pm where they found the
casualty, who was in her 60s, was suffering with breathing difficulties. The lifeboat took the casualty and one of the
paramedics on board before returning to Kyle Pontoons where an ambulance was
waiting. The lifeboat was refuelled and
ready for service again at 5:15pm.
pagers went off for the third time at 8.06pm, after 2 walkers got into
difficulty walking on the Applecross peninsula.
The men were walking the coast from Toscaig to Kishorn and had gotten
into difficulty due to the heat, with one of them also injuring his ankle. The lifeboat arrived in Kishorn at 8.25pm,
where the crew began a systematic search of the coastline heading west towards
Toscaig. The casualties were located 2
miles west of Kishorn Port and were quickly taken on board the lifeboat to be
assessed. The casualties were found to
be dehydrated and one had slightly injured his ankle, but were otherwise fit
and well. The crew transported the 2 men
back to Kishorn where they had a car waiting.
The lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service
again at 10.20pm.
of the busy afternoon, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘This was an extremely
busy afternoon for the crew, however we had a good outcome on all 3 shouts which
is the main thing’.
credit picture to the RNLI
further details on the female recused from Plockton, please speak to the
Scottish Ambulance Service
Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI
Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or
Or Richard Smith,
Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk
Or Henry Weaver,
RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact RNLI Public
Relations on 01202 336789.
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