Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Kyle lifeboat was launched after three adults got into difficulty on a late night canoeing expedition.

Initially, at around 10.15pm yesterday the crew were told that two adults and a child were struggling to cope with strong tidal currents in the Kylerhea area.

The crew were paged the request of Stornoway Coastguard, after a member of the public reported seeing the people get into a canoe and leave the shore in Glenelg a short while before getting into difficulty. They launched just 10 minutes later.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 10.35pm, and along with a passing cargo vessel 'Havgull', began a search of the narrows looking for the casualties, with the lifeboat searching from the north end of the narrows whilst the 'Havgull' searched from the south. Around 5 minutes later, the crew of the cargo vessel spotted the casualties on a remote part of the shore to the south of the Glenelg ferry pier. The lifeboat made contact with the 3 people and established that none of them were injured, however due to the rocky shoreline and rapidly dropping tide, could not reach them.

As the casualties were very disorientated and did not know the area, the lifeboat crew decided to drop one of the crew members at the ferry pier to walk the half mile over the hill to reach the stranded people. Once the crew member reached them, it was established that the initial report was incorrect and the 3 casualties were in fact all adults.

They were then helped back over the hill to the lifeboat at the ferry pier, where the 3 people decided they would walk back along the road to where they were staying.

At 11.45pm the lifeboat returned to Kyle where it was refuelled and made ready for service


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