Sunday, December 15, 2019
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A heroic act 70 years ago resulted in a Glendale man being awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for gallantry.

On 14 October, Mr Kenneth MacLeod single-handedly rescued three fishermen.  The three men were at the entrance to Loch Pooltiel when a rope fouled their propeller.  Though the men attempted to anchor, their anchor was carried away in the rough seas and the boat was thrown onto the rocks.  

Mr MacLeod set out to rescue the men and signalled for them to climb to a protruding rock.  Three times, he backed his boat to it and rescued the men one by one and transferring them to a larger boat.  

Very few such medals have been bestowed on non-RNLI personnel.

In 1947 the nearest RNLI Lifeboats were stationed at Barra Island, Mallaig and Stornoway - all several hours away from the location of the distress. 


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