Aberdeen Coastguards Coordinate Loch Eriboll Rescue Fish Farming Today Published: 15 January, 2003
ABERDEEN coastguards have coordinated the rescue of two men on Loch Eriboll after being alerted by a fish farm worker who is also the Deputy Station Officer of Durness Coastguard.
He received a call from two fish farm worker colleagues reporting that they were stranded in the middle of Loch Eriboll in stormy conditions.
They had been crossing the Loch in a small craft but by lunch time the weather worsened to South Westerly severe gale force 9 gusting to storm force 10. Due to the worsening weather conditions they decided to make for a small island in the middle of the Loch called Eileanchoraidh.
George Downie, Aberdeen Coastguard Duty Watch Manager said:”Due to the present weather conditions the two men took the right decision in making for land, in this case an island in the middle of the Loch and calling for assistance.” The island offered some shelter from the weather in old ruined buildings.The men were wearing warm clothing but had no food.