Red Cross rescue teams join loch search

TWO boats and six volunteer crew members from the British Red Cross swift water rescue unit today (Monday 27 August) joined the search for a 32-year-old man missing in Loch Gairloch.

The highly-trained teams were called in by Northern Constabulary to help in the search following a canoeing tragedy which claimed the lives of two children.

The Inverness-based boat crews were supported by three other Red Cross personnel in a state of the art communications command vehicle.

Peter McCarthy, Red Cross operations director for Northern Scotland, said: “This is a terrible tragedy which has devastated a family and our sympathy goes out to them. We are doing all we can to help.

“The Red Cross works in support of all the emergency services and our swift water rescue unit was tasked with searching parts of Loch Gairloch by Northern Constabulary.

“Our crews are highly trained and experienced in search and rescue techniques. We have been involved in several similar operations over the past couple of years.”

The swift water rescue teams and the communications specialists are continuing to search the Loch alongside police, RNLI and Coastguard units.


The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.

Contact: Derek Masterton
Phone: 01418914016