Storm Dennis vents its fury on region

Easdale islanders could be without a ferry for a few days after the harbour was blocked by boulders.

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Storm Dennis caused disruption across the Highland and islands at the weekend and into Monday with strong winds and heavy rain and hail storms.

A number of incidents were reported over the weekend, with PoliceScotland confirming the death of a man following an incident in Glen Nevis.

Police were called shortly after 1pm on Sunday February 16 after the 42-year-old suffered a fall from the path for Stob Ban on the south side of the glen. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was recovered by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT).

A spokesperson for the team said: ‘It took an extraordinary effort from 19 members of LMRT to extricate and then evacuate the casualty off the hill which all in all took around six hours.’

Inspector Isla Campbell, of Fort William Police Station, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time. I would also take the opportunity to thank our partner agencies for their assistance.’

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Easdale islanders could be without an official ferry service for up to seven days after Storm Dennis saw their only harbour blocked with slate.

The 60 residents will have to wait for a break in the weather until a digger is able to reach the obstruction.

A concerned resident said: ‘Easdale is currently cut off from the rest of the world. The harbour has been closed. If the council gets a digger down here on Wednesday, it is possible we might get a service on Sunday. We will be without a ferry service, apart from private boats, until maybe Sunday or Monday.’

Islanders on Luing also found themselves without their ferry service on Sunday as Storm Dennis vented its fury. Strong winds blew in from a southerly direction forcing the service to be cancelled. Usually the winds come from the west and the Cuan Sound is protected.

Despite the ferry cancellations, the shelves of Luing’s only stores, run by Norman Bissell, were well-stocked.

He told The Oban Times: ‘We’ve gone short of nothing. It would take weeks of ferry cancellations for the good people of Luing to go hungry,’ he said.

Back in Oban, there have been further disruptions to ferries this week. On Monday all services from Oban to Tiree, Coll and Barra were cancelled. Additionally, services to Colonsay, Lismore and Mull were on alert and at risk of being cancelled at short notice.

Following a brief lull in the stormy conditions, the region is bracing itself for another windy weekend, with the expected arrival of Storm Ellen.