Lochwatch gains from gen­er­ous spirit

The Oban Times - - Community News -

A CHAR­ITY re­cently made an ap­peal for a dinghy which would be car­ried on its Loch Awe pa­trol boat.

But the gen­er­ous spirit of two sup­port­ers meant that they didn’t just get one boat, but were de­lighted to re­ceive three in­stead.

LochWatch Loch Awe chair­man, Iain MacKin­non, said: ‘ We were de­lighted when we were of­fered not one but three dinghies.’

Wil­lie and June Cur­rie of Ben­der­loch do­nated two dinghies; one of which is a small fi­bre­glass boat that will be used to board the pa­trol ves­sel when loch lev­els pre­vent the use of the pier.

The sec­ond one will be kept as a back-up at the pier and will be used in sup­port of the other din­gies when re­quired.

Gaelforce Marine of In­ver­ness, a long-time sup­porter of LochWatch, have also do­nated a dinghy.

This is a brand new in­flat­able which will be kept on board the loch pa­trol boat and used in shal­low wa­ters where the larger boat can­not sail.

It will also be used to as­sist ca­su­al­ties to board the loch pa­trol boat.

Iain said: ‘I am over­whelmed and hum­bled by the sup­port that busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als have given to the LochWatch char­ity over the years and con­tinue to do so.

‘Safety at Loch Awe strikes a chord lo­cally and na­tion- ally and, of course, many peo­ple know some­one who lost their life in the loch. My per­sonal thanks go to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the char­ity.

‘LochWatch is now part of a na­tional group look­ing at wa­ter safety on a strate­gic level. The group is known as Wa­ter Safety Scot­land and has rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the vol­un­tary sec­tor; the emer­gency ser­vices, Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and util­ity com­pa­nies such as Scot­tish Power.

‘I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the group and see­ing a re­duc­tion in wa­ter-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties in the com­ing years,’ Iain added.

DINGY DE­LIGHT: LochWatch char­ity was de­lighted to re­ceive not one,

but three boats af­ter a lo­cal ap­peal for sup­port.

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