Kyle lifeboat was launched in rough conditions yesterday (Sept 27) although in the end their life saving services were not needed
The crew were paged at 2:33pm after a member of the public reported seeing a group of Kayakers in distress close to Eilean Donan Castle. The lifeboat launched at 2:40pm and made best speed towards Loch Duich.
They arrived on scene at 2:55pm and after a short search, found the group of Kayakers close to the Castle. After speaking to them it was determined that they were all very experienced and were not in any difficulty, and were therefore ok to continue on their own.
The lifeboat then left the kayakers at 3:05pm, and made their way back to the station through very rough seas, where the boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 3:45pm.
This was a false alarm with good intent, and speaking of the incident one of the crew said "Although the kayakers were not actually in any difficulty, the member of the public who called the Coastguard thought that they were, and did the right thing especially considering the weather."