Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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Kyle RNLI were kept busy with a spate of callouts this week requiring no less than three launches in one day.

The incidents all occurred on Tuesday (August 16) with the crew paged at 12:45pm after reports of a rib with 5 persons and 1 dog on board, having lost power between Kyle and Kyleakin and drifting towards the rocks.

By the time the lifeboat launched, the rib had drifted towards the pontoons in Kyle, and a moored yacht had managed to get them alongside. The lifeboat took the rib under tow back to the slip where it was taken out of the water.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 1:15pm

The Crew were then called out for the second time at 3.55pm when they were requested to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with a woman who was in the remote Coral beach area of Plockton.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the area and arrived on scene at 4.20pm where they found the casualty, who was in her 60s, was suffering with breathing difficulties. The lifeboat took the casualty and one of the paramedics on board before returning to Kyle

Pontoons where an ambulance was waiting. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 5:15pm.

The pagers went off for the third time at 8.06pm, after 2 walkers got into difficulty walking on the Applecross peninsula. The men were walking the coast from Toscaig to Kishorn and had gotten into difficulty due to the heat, with one of them also injuring his ankle.

The lifeboat arrived in Kishorn at 8.25pm, where the crew began a systematic search of the coastline heading west towards Toscaig. The casualties were located 2 miles west of Kishorn Port and were quickly taken on board the lifeboat to be assessed. The casualties were found to be dehydrated and one had slightly injured his ankle, but were otherwise fit and well. The crew transported the 2 men back to Kishorn where they had a car waiting. The lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service again at 10.20pm.


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