Kyle lifeboat called to Loch Duich emergency

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Kyle RNLI was called to the Loch Duich area on Sunday after the UK Coastguard received two separate 999 calls reporting a capsized dinghy and a person in the water clinging to the upturned craft.

Kyle’s volunteer crew was paged at 1:11pm along with the Coastguard helicopter and the Kyle Coastguard Rescue team, over the incident 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, arriving 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.

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.’


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