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Double rescue marks memorable birthday for RNLI Loch Ness crew member

By Philip Murray

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RNLI Loch Ness.
RNLI Loch Ness.

A DOUBLE lifeboat launch made for a memorable birthday for a crew member on the RNLI's Loch Ness team.

Trainee crew member and "birthday boy" David Tulloch was among those to respond when the Drumnadrochit-based lifeboat launched twice on Wednesday.

Both launches – one at 9.37am and another at 1.10pm – dealt with grounded vessels in the Invermoriston area.

"In both incidents, a crew member went aboard the [different] vessels to ensure there was no damage and that all on board were safe and well," said an RNLI spokesperson.

Related: Loch Ness lifeboat crew called after catamaran is grounded near Urquhart Castle

They added that the water level in the loch is "very low" at the moment, but did not speculate as to whether this was a factor in both groundings.

The following day was also a notable day in the station's history, as it was the first time the station's combined female shore and boat crew numbers were larger than those of the men.

The RNLI spokesperson wished David a happy birthday "from all of us at the station" and also paid "a big thank you to all our crew".

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