Drone re­stores phone ser­vice

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Open­reach en­gi­neers used a drone to re­store com­mu­ni­ca­tions after a land­slide cut off the re­mote vil­lage of Kinloch Hourn.

The team flew a cable over the safety ex­clu­sion zone around the land­slide to the base of the Quoich Dam and con­nected it to the ex­ist­ing net­work. The team then walked three miles in tor­ren­tial rain and hail to the near­est ra­dio sub-sta­tion to make sure all six lines had a dial tone. The land­slide on Novem­ber 12 saw 9,000 tons of soil and rock crash 2,500ft onto the road be­low, com­pletely de­stroy­ing it. High­land Coun­cil es­ti­mates it will take sev­eral weeks to sta­bilise the hill­side and be­gin clear­ance work on the road, which con­nects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn.

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