Seven rescued from drifting boat

Man arrested after late night drink driving escapade on Loch Lomond

In the early hours of Friday morning, a Cleopatra 23 was seen drifting dangerously close to rocks by Balmaha Pier in Loch Lomond. Seven people were onboard at the time, including the skipper who was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol, as well as being accused of failing to carry enough life jackets.

The Luss Rescue Boat and National Park Rangers rescued those onboard and escorted them to the shore where police were waiting.

Sgt Davie Hannah of Central Scotland Police told the BBC news website, “This could have had a very different ending. It is only through good fortune and the skill and dedication of the volunteer rescue service that this boat did not run aground. Those on board were under the influence of alcohol and there were not enough life jackets for everyone.”
Last year a man and a young child were rescued in Loch Lomond after the boat they were on ran out of fuel. Again, the man was said to be under the influence of alcohol. See the story here