Friday, October 17, 2014

Loch Ness Lifeboat rescue

The Loch Ness RNLI operates a very important rescue boat on the unpredictable deep waters of Loch Ness which rarely gets above 5C at any time during the year. We get emails of their rescues as in the following report received today.  

'Injured dog and owner rescued after holiday plunge.
Dog falls 30 feet onto rocky beach which prompts Loch Ness Lifeboat rescue.

Badly injured dog rescued after rock plunge on Loch Ness.
English Bull Terrier “Stan” fell 30ft down onto a rocky shoreline whilst out on a walk with his owner, Ricky Simpson.
Ricky was able to clamber down to be with Stan as Ricky’s partner called the Coastguard.
Volunteers Howie Whyte, Joy Cameron and Garry MacLeod from the Drumnadrochit based RNLI took the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, Colin James Daniel to the scene and were able to extract both dog and owner and take them to Foyers pier.
The holiday makers were then cared for by Dave (aka Swampy), skipper of the Ros Crana Barge.
Stan was then taken to vets in Inverness who were planning to operate on the dog who had a broken rear leg and suspected internal injuries.
The three RNLI volunteers who were operational on this “Shout” have all been trained in Flood Rescue techniques, some of which were utilised during this rescue.
A video of the "shout" can be viewed below.
The incident happened on at approximately 10am on Wednesday 15th October.
We have been in touch with the dog's owner and it appears, after some detailed surgery and the fitting of a plate to Stan's leg, that the situation is looking more positive for the much loved family pet.'

Martin Douglas
Crew Member/Lifeboat Press Officer
Loch Ness Lifeboat
Contact 07788 414 254

For more information on the Loch Ness RNLI.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Squirrel leaping for lunch.

An abundance of hazel nuts on the forest trees this year has allowed quite a good acrobatic display from the native red squirrels around Loch Ness.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sparrowhawk looking for lunch

This sparrowhawk flew on a neighbour's garden fence and looked around for a long time before he spotted something and flew down......did he catch lunch ?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Red squirrel gathering hazel nuts

Red squirrels have been seen in the vicinity of Farigaig Forest picking the hazel nuts off of the trees and burying some of them for their winter larder.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Red squirrels going nuts !

Have not seen so many red squirrels about lately but today we saw several in the hazel trees in the forest picking at the hazel nuts on the branches so they are eating very well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

Lower Foyers Waterfall

Had a very enjoyable walk from Camerons Cottage to the road and then turned right up the hill for a very short while. Take the first left at Intake House. Carry on along the track and stop at the wee bridge to look over the parapet at the amazing waterfall. Carry on along the path for an easy stroll. The path does eventually go all the way to Whitebridge for serious walkers. Look out for the buzzards and the wild goats.

Enjoy the video at its best with the sound on.