News in brief: Rescue boat callouts, Royal Navy boat on tour, café break-in

The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat was in action three times on successive days last week.

On Thursday the crew ferried Scottish Fire and Rescue Service personnel to tackle a grass fire on Inchmurrin Island.

Then on Friday they were called out to help five cyclists on the West Highland Way who were suffering exhaustion.

En route they were updated that three of the group had made it back to safety but two still needed help.

After a quick shore search the duo were found south of Ardlui and taken with their bikes to Ardlui Marina and waiting police officers.

On Saturday the boat was launched to assist an elderly man on the West Highland Way near Ardlui who had fallen approximately 20 feet on to a rocky shoreline sustaining head and chest injuries.

The crew worked with HM Coastguard, police, national park and ambulance colleagues to transfer the man from the rescue boat to the waiting helicopter.

Faslane patrol boat HMS Tracker has set off from her home port for an adventurous three-week deployment around Scotland.

The modified Royal Navy Archer class P2000 vessel, which helps protect high-value shipping, is a common sight on the River Clyde.

As part of the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron the ship rarely leaves the dockyard port so the crew jumped at the chance to undertake the Caledonian cruise and visit other parts of Scotland.

“The next three weeks will see us sail around the west coast of Scotland, transit the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, and visit Orkney and the Inner Hebrides,” said Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell, Commanding Officer of HMS Tracker.

“The Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron performs an important role, helping to protect the River Clyde and high-value vessels which use the dockyard port. We are really looking forward to sailing around Scotland and explaining the work the Royal Navy does to protect the country.”

Among the places HMS Tracker and her crew will visit are Islay, Fort Augustus, Inverness, Lossiemouth, Wick, Orkney, Stornoway, Portree and Tobermory.

Helensburgh CID are investigating a break-in at a café in Inveruglas last Wednesday night – anyone with information is asked to call 101.