Lochwatch gains from generous spirit
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.