Family group rescued by Loch Ness lifeboat volunteers
Lifeboats News Release
Shortly before noon on Friday a cruise boat with a family of five on board was heading north from Urquhart Bay harbour when engine failure caused the vessel to drift onto the shore.
RNLI volunteers Garry MacLeod with Jamie MacPherson at Helm and Linda Izquierdo Ross launched the lifeboat and very soon reached the casualty vessel which was quite close by. Crew member Garry then went aboard the cruiser to assist while the lifeboat proceeded to tow them back off the shore. Once the vessel was safely off the shore it was then returned under tow to Urquhart Bay Harbour, where the casualty was handed over to two members of the Inverness Coastguard. The conditions were calm and there were no injuries. Thanks were given to Bobby and Stewart from the Inverness Coastguard.The lifeboat then returned to base and was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.
The man on board the cruiser, who is studying for a phd at Manchester University, was with his wife and three children and is a return visitor, having been on Loch Ness several times previously.
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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 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.