Hikers rescued by lifeboat

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Two young hikers who got into difficulties at the north end of the island were rescued by Arran lifeboat crew last weekend.

Shortly after lunchtime on Saturday August 8, Arran RNLI was tasked to assist the police and Coastguard in searching for two hikers who got into difficulties whilst hiking round the north end of the island.

They were carrying two bikes and camping gear and the terrain had proved harder than expected until they became stuck and exhausted.


The casualties, a man and a woman in their 20s, were located by police at Ossian’s Cave near Laggan Cottage with the only means of safe rescue by sea. The RNLI crew took the boat ashore and retrieved the casualties and their equipment. Both were tired but otherwise unharmed.

Helm Dave Nicholson, said: ‘These types of situations show the importance of being properly prepared and the versatility of our lifeboat and crew. The casualties were able to call for help when they became distressed and we were able to access a rocky and treacherous coastline to take them to safety. If you are ever in trouble on the sea or a coastline, call 999 and we will respond.’