Monday, November 19, 2018
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About 1610 hours today (Thursday 30 August) officers in Skye were called to an accident involving a 53 year male who had fallen from Broadford Pier into the sea.

A multi agency response was initiated involving police, Coastguard, ambulance and fire service

A couple are raising money for the RNLI in a Porsche 911.

Belinda and James Richardson are taking part in the RNLI-911 Challenge, which will see them drive around the coast of the British Isles.  To give the challenge extra zest, the couple aim to complete it in just 911 hours.

They will be visiting every one of the 238 RNLI Lifeboat stations as they work their way along.  The couple said the challenge combines their three great passions: the RNLI, the Porsche 911 and the British coastline.

On Saturday 1 September, the couple will be welcome to the Portree Lifeboat station by the crew.

More information can be found at their Just Giving page here.

A Skye man is preparing to cycle 500 miles around Zambia.

James MacInnes, a team leader with Scottish Water, is aiming to raise money for international charity, WaterAid.  James will set off on the challenge on September 7, joining around 30 other volunteers who work in the water industry around the UK.

The challenge will see the group cycle from Lusaka to Victoria Falls over the course of a week, passing through towns and villages, farmland and sugar cane plantations, and dealing with temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius.

James takes on this latest challenge fresh from having recently completed a more local cycle around the highlands with colleagues from Scottish Water, which saw them cover 500 miles over 48 hours by cycling continuously in relay teams.

James said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. The more I think about it, it will be great to cycle somewhere with decent weather and to take the opportunity to raise money for WaterAid.

Road sign poles have been stolen from the Ardelve area over the past fortnight.

Police say the galvanised poles are four metres long.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Chalmers at Kyle on 101.

 

 

The Uig to Tarbet ferry has departed at 3:37pm.

The sailing, originally scheduled for 2:10pm, was delayed due to a medical emergency.

CalMac estimated that the MV Hebrides will arrived in Tarbet at 5:22pm.

 

Over 100 people welcomed the rise of a new day together on Saturday morning with a sunrise performance by the internationally-renowned, Norwegian artist, writer and performer, Caroline Bergvall.

Performed on the roof terrace of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, over-looking the Sound of Sleat towards the Knoydart Peninsula and the lights of Mallaig, Ragadawn (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, 57.5˚T) was a unique sunrise performance brought to Skye by visual arts organisation, ATLAS Arts.

In collaboration with Gaelic speakers on the island, Bergvall devised a powerful and entrancing piece, which took the audience on a sonic journey as the sun rose above the mountains. The dawn chorus' of birds and a passing rain shower added to a multifaceted work, as Bergvall's spoken word composition was complemented by the soprano voice of Peyee Chen, and languages from across Europe, including Gaelic recorded on Skye.

Skye's councillors navigated Broadford and Portree entirely in wheelchairs on Monday 27 April.

The event was organised by the Skye and Lochalsh Access Panel to coincide with Wheelchair Awareness Day.

The Councillors recognised how some people seemed to see people differently in a wheelchair; how bumpy, uneven and narrow pavements were; how low they felt to the ground; how vulnerable they felt; how difficult it was to negotiate ramps, doors, to cross a road; how low overhanging branches hit them in the face; how they could not access disabled toilets, how they were unable to use an ATM; how there was a distinct lack of dropped kerbs resulting in them having to travel in a wheelchair on the A87 in Broadford, and elsewhere.

The Uig to Lochmaddy sailing will be delayed today (Wednesday 29 August.)

CalMac Tweeted an update citing a medical emergency as the cause for the delay to the 14:10 sailing.

They also stated that subsequent sailings will be delayed as a result.

 

A 21-year-old has qualified as the first ever female skipper of the Glenelg to Skye ferry.

Isabelle Law, from Skye, will captain the MV Glenachulish, which is the world's last sea-going, manually-operated turntable ferry.

The ferry operates from Easter to October and carries six cars across from Glenelg to Kylerhea.  

Isabellle worked summer jobs across the ferry in the hopes of one day qualifying to become skipper.  She told The Skye Times: "I am super excited to be part of the 'Skipper crew' it is a big step up with a lot of challenges but I can't wait!

"I was born on the Island and always lived here but it all started when I was 10 when I went over to Glenelg just for one trip, that then turned into 20 trips and then I went down the next day and so it continued. Every holiday every weekend I would be down just going back and forth. I knew from that age It was my dream to become skipper of this ferry one day.

"Not too sure what the future will hold, I am currently the youngest Skipper on board so I hope to keep it going for some time!

"Just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made my dream come true; from my family support to the Isle of Skye Community Interest company and then Donnie, Colin, Q and Calum who have helped me learn everything about this area, stretch of water and the vessel herself. I look up to all the the previous skippers as huge idols and I have learnt a great deal from them all."

Photo from Skye Connect Facebook page.

A woman was struck by a car in Lochaber on Monday 27 August.

The female pedestrian was struck by a Dacia Sandero near Loch Ba - north of Bridge of Orchy - at around 4.45pm.

The 41-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow. Her condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

The road was closed until around 11pm to allow for an investigation to take place at the scene.

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