Call out to Kayakers
Four charity kayakers were rescued by volunteers from Loch Ness RNLI station today after loch conditions deteriorated as winds increased.
The group from Nottingham were paddling from Fort Augustus, to Inverness to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association when wind speeds increased and the surface of the loch became considerably more difficult to handle. The group wisely made for the shoreline approximately 2.5 miles south of Foyers and called HM Coastguard in Aberdeen to inform them of their plight.
Coastguard watchkeepers paged the Drumnadrochit based RNLI team who launched their Atlantic 75 lifeboat, Thelma Glossop and made best speed to the group.
On arrival, one of the three RNLI volunteer swam from the lifeboat to make contact with the paddlers, check on their condition and implement a rescue plan.
Each kayaker was recovered to the lifeboat individually and the group were taken to Foyers pier to meet someone from their hotel. The lifeboat crew of Martin Douglas, Ian Putnam and Neil Stebbings then returned to the rescue scene to collect the four sea kayaks and reunite them with the grateful paddlers.
RNLI Volunteer Helm, Neil Stebbings says: "The group were well kitted out, well prepared and made an excellent, and possibly life saving choice, to make for the shoreline. They knew exactly where they were and were able to give this precise information to the coastguard. This enabled us to locate them extremely quickly."
RNLI crew member Ian Putnam says: "We highly commend this group on taking good positive action."
The entire rescue was captured on the lifeboat's on board camera and can be viewed on the RNLI News Centre website shortly.
To find out more about the groups adventure, visit their JustGiving page, Silas Mariners - Loch Ness Kayak