Across the world to thank life­saver

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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