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Loch Ness lifeboat crew faces challenging conditions after tent spotted in water


By Val Sweeney


A volunteer lifeboat crew was called out after a tent was seen floating on Loch Ness.
A volunteer lifeboat crew was called out after a tent was seen floating on Loch Ness.

A volunteer lifeboat crew faced "unusually challenging" conditions after being called out following reports of a tent spotted floating in Loch Ness

The RNLI boat, based at Temple Pier in Drumnadrochit, was launched with a four-person team on board following reports the tent in the water close to Fort Augustus.

There was no indication where it had originated from, or the owner's well being.

The Loch Ness RNLI team reported: "In unusually challenging conditions, and with hardly any other vessels on the loch, the lifeboat made its way towards Fort Augustus.

"Once the tent was spotted, and recovered onto the lifeboat, a shoreline search was carried out, and it was returned to its owner."

On the way back to the station, the lifeboat came across another boat whose occupants appeared to be in some distress due to the conditions and waves coming over the side.

After making contact with the occupants, the crew escorted the vessel back to the safety of the pontoons at Fort Augustus.

Once everyone was safe and accounted for, the crew headed back to the station where the lifeboat was made ready for service again.



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