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Rescuers save family from loch after boat capsizes

TWO children and an adult were plucked from a Highland loch yesterday after their sailing dinghy capsized.

The trio – a father aged 41 and his eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son – were rescued from Loch Torridon in Wester Ross after Stornoway Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public at 11.55am.

Coastguards said that the children were wearing life jackets but their father was not. The family was on holiday in the area.

The caller who raised the alarm described seeing people on the upturned hull of a capsized boat.

Stornoway Coastguard issued a distress broadcast to alert other vessels in the area.

The fishing vessels Wanderer and Boy Ryan responded immediately, and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway and Kyle RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene.

The trio were recovered by the fishing vessel Irene K and taken ashore, where a paramedic from the rescue helicopter examined them and found that the boy was showing signs of mild hypothermia.

The family had been dinghy sailing in Loch Diabaig, which forms part of Loch Torridon, when their dinghy capsized in force-four winds, throwing all three into the water.

Murdo Macaulay, Stornoway Coastguard watch manager, warned: “Recreational sailors should wear life jackets at all times whilst on deck.”

 

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