Across the world to thank lifesaver
A WOMAN who would not have been born if not for a Fort William man who saved her father’s life, made a voyage across the world to thank him.
Ann-Marie MacCallum travelled from Sydney, Australia, as part of a reunion of former residents of Annat village to meet Jim MacDougall, a retired postman, who risked his life along with his friend, the late Jimmy MacLean, to rescue her father John MacCallum and the late Frank Sweeney, 62 years ago.
John and Frank were just nine years old when they set out onto Loch Eil on a homemade raft and were swept away by the tide. But the fearless Jim and Jimmy, who were then 22 years old, grabbed an old fishing boat and set out after the youngsters. It was only when they were in the water that they discovered the boat was leaking badly and they all got back to shore in the nick of time.
Now 70 and working as a church minister, John was unable to make the reunion, but his daughter, a doctor, enjoyed afternoon tea with Jim, 84, to thank him for saving her father decades before she was born. Thomas and Alan, sons of well-known bus driver Jimmy, attended on behalf of their father.
SPECIAL TRIP: Ann-Marie MacCallum travelled to Fort William from Australia to
thank Jim MacDougall for saving her father’s life 62 years ago.