Open water swimmers are being urged to take care after two men had to be rescued from Little Ross Island.
The pair had gone swimming from Ross Bay near Kirkcudbright one evening and the town’s lifeboat crew was sent out after their car was spotted near the bay the following morning.
The “Sheila Stenhouse” was launched but the crew couldn’t find anyone after searching the bay and around Little Ross. But when the lifeboat’s foghorn was sounded it alerted the two young men of their imminent rescue.
The swimmers were safe and unharmed but had had to spend the night on the island.
Kirkcudbright lifeboat operations manager, John Collins, said: “Both young men were wearing the correct gear, wet suits, for this type of swimming and had not been swimming alone which helped their situation.
“When the lifeboat was called out there were fears for the safety of the swimmers due to the fact they had been missing all night. We were delighted with the outcome.”
Swimming in open water is very different to swimming in a pool. Unseen currents, cold water and waves make open water swimming more challenging. Even the strongest swimmers can tire quickly in the sea.
The RNLI has been running a “Respect the Water” campaign which concentrates on trying to keep people safe whilst still enjoying water sports. It is always advisable to tell someone where you are going and check weather and tide times before you go. To find out more on how you can stay safe in or around water visit RespectTheWater.com.
The incident happened last Monday but was only revealed by the lifeboat team this week.