Trapped whale cut free by fishermen
TWO SKYE fishermen have freed a whale which was caught in equipment used to catch lobsters.
The humpback whale was caught in a buoy and rope, attached to lobster pots.
Fisherman John McKinnon spotted the whale from Elgol in Skye on Saturday and alerted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).
Mr McKinnon and his nephew Gordon then went out on their boat and cut the whale free – its tail had become trapped in part of the net of the buoy.
BDMLR identified the whale as one they had tried to rescue two weeks earlier, tangled in ropes at the Sound of Sleat. The organisation had previously thought the whale had drowned after losing track of it in recent stormy weather.
The animal swam off safely after being freed by the pair.
RNLI rescues three divers near Kishorn
KYLE of Lochalsh RNLI rescued three divers from a sinking boat which ran aground near Kishorn.
The stricken vessel, a Sabre 2, collided with rocks near Kishorn at 3.30pm on Sunday, with the lifeboat crew taking the divers aboard their rescue boat.
The crew then attempted to refloat the Sabre 2 at 4pm, however, it began taking on water, listed to its side and sank just two minutes later.
A spokesman for Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI said: ‘ The vessel did not appear to have been damaged by the rock but there must have been significant damage to the underside of the hull.
‘Once it began to float free from the rock it only took a couple of minutes for the boat to go down. We couldn’t save the boat but everyone was rescued safely, which is the most important thing.’
Vandals strike twice in Lochaber
POLICE in Lochaber are appealing for information about two acts of vandalism in the area.
At around 9am on Saturday November 7, a section of wire fence was cut at South Laggan, next to the main A82 carriageway. Some time between 9pm on Saturday November 14 and 11am the following day, a vehicle was damaged on Argyll Road, Fort William.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.