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Yacht at danger of grounding in Caledonian Canal entrance at Fort Augustus rescued by Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat


By Philip Murray

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The RNLI lifeboat approaching the yacht, which had lost power and propulsion. Picture: RNLI.
The RNLI lifeboat approaching the yacht, which had lost power and propulsion. Picture: RNLI.

A yacht that was at danger of running aground on Loch Ness was saved by the local RNLI crew this week.

The lifesaving charity’s Loch Ness lifeboat, which is based in Urquhart Bay, was scrambled to Fort Augustus at 7.45pm on Monday after the German yacht Mintaka lost power near to the entrance to the Caledonian Canal.

“The lifeboat made best speed down the loch and established contact with the yacht that was close to running aground in the river entrance next to the canal within 30 minutes,” said a spokesperson for the RNLI.

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“The crew established an immediate alongside tow and put them alongside the sailing barge Ros Crana at the canal entrance whilst the lifeboat then scouted the canal pontoons for a suitable space as it was extremely busy.

“Having identified a suitable spot the lifeboat re-established an alongside tow and repositioned the casualty vessel to the pontoons.”

The Loch Ness lifeboat heading back up the loch after the rescue. Picture: RNLI.
The Loch Ness lifeboat heading back up the loch after the rescue. Picture: RNLI.

The lifeboat then returned to station to be refuelled and made ready for service.

Commenting afterwards, helm Kieron Tarling praised the yacht’s crew for their actions

“Calm conditions helped in this shout and the well prepared and professional actions by the yacht's crew were appreciated by the lifeboat helm and crew,” said Kieron. “As was the assistance of the crew of the Ros Crana.”


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