Trapped whale cut free by fish­er­men

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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