Children found on fishing boat Published: 17 July, 2007
TWO children were rescued by a member of the public last night after becoming stranded on a fishing boat.
At 9.30pm, Clyde Coastguard requested the assistance of the Fort William Coastguard Rescue Team after police reports came in that two children were stranded on a rowing boat at the mouth of the River Lochy.
The Coastguard team then contacted a member of the public who had a small boat in the area to aid in the operation. The boat was deployed over to the rowing boat to rescue the ten year-old boy and nine year-old girl, and bring them back to shore, where they were handed over to the police.
Later, reports of an unmanned dinghy floating off Loch Linnhe suggest that this may have been the method the children used to reach the boat.
After the incident, the children were reunited with their parents, who live locally, by the local police.
Commenting, Clyde Coastguard Watch Manager, Peter Stewart said: “We were very concerned for the safety of these children, particularly considering the time of the day, and that the children were not wearing lifejackets. The whole country has been subject to excessive amounts of rain in the past few weeks, which, as in this case, makes rivers even more hazardous than normal with extremely fast flowing currents. Certainly without Coastguard intervention the safety of the children could have been quickly compromised.”
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