Kyle lifeboat called to person in the water after dinghy capsizes

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle RNLI were called to the Loch Duich area after the UK Coastguard received 2 separate 999 calls reporting a capsized dinghy and a person in the water clinging to the upturned craft

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat 'Spirit of Fred. Olsen'

Kyle’s volunteer crew were paged at 1:11pm this afternoon along with the Coastguard helicopter and the Kyle Coastguard Rescue team, after the UK Coastguard received 2 separate emergency calls reporting an upturned boat and a person in the water in the Inverinate area of Loch Duich. Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 1:18pm and made best speed through rough seas towards the area. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1:35pm, by which time a passing vessel had picked the casualty out of the water and was transporting him and his upturned dinghy to the shore. The lifeboat crew made contact with the vessel and made sure that the casualty had not suffered any injuries, before standing by to ensure they made it to shore safely.

Kyle lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station at 2:15pm.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘The weather was deteriorating, however the gentleman who was in the water was well prepared and was wearing a lifejacket which helped keep him afloat until he was picked up by the boat which was passing by.’

Notes to editors

· For further information on the casualty, please contact the UK Coastguard

· Please credit the library picture to Kyle RNLI

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