On a loch without a paddle...Suspected Covid rule breaker who travelled from England to Scotland is rescued after becoming stranded with Kayak

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>The kayaker was stranded on an island in Loch Lomond</p> (PA Archive)

The kayaker was stranded on an island in Loch Lomond

(PA Archive)

A suspected Covid-19 rule breaker thought to have travelled from England to Scotland for camping had to be rescued after he became stuck on an island without a paddle.

The man had been camping on the west side of Inchtavannach on Loch Lomond over the Easter weekend.

On Tuesday afternoon he went for a walk around the island but found his kayak’s paddle missing when he returned, and called for help.

Please could we remind all to stick to the Covid rules and keep people safe

Loch Lomond Rescue Boat

The resuce came after Loch Lomond Rescue Boat (LLRB) were contacted by police at 1.50pm on Tuesday and went to the scene to transfer the man to Luss on the mainland.

In a Facebook post, LLRB said: “The rescue boat was launched and located the person on the island and safely transferred himself and his equipment over to his car at Aldochlay.

“LLRB then returned to Luss and stood down. This person had travelled from England to camp on the island for the Easter weekend.

“Please could we remind all to stick to the Covid rules and keep people safe.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The local lifeboat service were contacted and the incident handed to them – the man was rescued safe and well.”

Under Covid travel restrictions for people living in England, holidays to any other part of the UK will not be allowed until at least April 12.

In Scotland, the “stay at home” rule ended on 2 April but people are still being asked to “stay local”. Travel within mainland Scotland will be allowed from 26 April, when tourist accommodation can also reopen with restrictions in place.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she hoped travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK would resume around the same time.

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