Swim­mers res­cued

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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.

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