Author: Vivian Bailey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Missing men report leads to multi agency search of Loch Ness and the River Ness.
A search for two men on an inflatable dinghy was launched by RNLI crews early this morning after a relative alerted the emergency services.
The volunteer crew of Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat were called shortly after midnight today following a report by a concerned relative that the men, who had launched the dinghy at Dores, had not been in contact for a while.
The volunteer crew of Helm Garry MacLeod and Crew Members Vivian Bailey and Matt McWhirr were tasked to search the area around Loch Dochfour, while an extensive search of the River Ness was undertaken by the Kessock RNLI Flood Rescue Team along with Coastguard Rescue Officers and a Northern Constabulary Police team under the direction of Aberdeen MRCC.
The Loch Ness crew were stood down after 30 minutes when it was confirmed that the men had been located on Ness Islands in Inverness.
Vivian Bailey, Loch Ness RNLI Volunteer crew member commented, “We were relieved at the happy outcome of this call-out, and pleased that the emergency services were notified promptly.”
The lifeboat was returned to its station at Temple Pier, Loch Ness where it was met by other volunteer crewmembers who refuelled the boat and prepared it for its next launch.