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Hotel staff on Skye were involved with the dramatic rescue to save two men after they ended up in the water off Isleornsay

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday 29 May after the pair had earlier been drinking at the Hotel Eilean Iarmain and then set off in a dinghy to return to their yacht anchored in the bay.

  Hotel Eilean Iarmain

Shouts are said to have been heard around 1am and two of the hotel staff immediately launched a boat to try and rescue them. In the end though the pair were pulled out of the water by an RNLI lifeboat and crew.


The hotel’s duty manager Leah Dunlop said: “They were out for quite a while before anyone heard them shouting.

“The two other men, who had been planning to stay on the boat overnight, were put up in the hotel in staff quarters as we were fully booked. The police have been to take statements today.

“The two men who were rescued have been speaking to their friends today in hospital and are both fine, alive and well.

“Everyone is just very glad they’re okay.”

The coastguard was alerted after a 999 call at around 1.20am and a lifeboat team located them almost two hours later and took them back to Mallaig eight miles across the water, where they were met by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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