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A Frenchman and his seven year old son were rescued this afternoon after their rowing boat was seen heading out to sea at Skipness near Loch Fyne.


Clyde Coastguard received a 999 call from the owner of holiday cottages at Skipness reporting that some of their tenants had taken a small rowing boat out and
were now out of sight. Clyde Coastguard diverted Rescue Helicopter 177 from RNAS Prestwick, which was flying on exercise in the area and requested the attendance of Tighnabruaich RNLI lifeboat. The helicopter crew located the small boat over a mile offshore and diverted a nearby yacht to the scene, which took the two people who were cold and wet on board until the lifeboat arrived on scene. Tighnabruaich life boat took the two casualties and their dinghy back to shore. The occupants of the boat were a French man and his 7 year old son who were staying at one of the holiday cottages. They took the 10 foot dinghy out to go fishing and after heading out to look for mackerel found they were unable to get back to shore and began were taking in water in choppy seas.
 

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A Frenchman and his seven year old son were rescued this afternoon after their rowing boat was seen heading out to sea at Skipness near Loch Fyne.


Clyde Coastguard received a 999 call from the owner of holiday cottages at Skipness reporting that some of their tenants had taken a small rowing boat out and
were now out of sight. Clyde Coastguard diverted Rescue Helicopter 177 from RNAS Prestwick, which was flying on exercise in the area and requested the attendance of Tighnabruaich RNLI lifeboat. The helicopter crew located the small boat over a mile offshore and diverted a nearby yacht to the scene, which took the two people who were cold and wet on board until the lifeboat arrived on scene. Tighnabruaich life boat took the two casualties and their dinghy back to shore. The occupants of the boat were a French man and his 7 year old son who were staying at one of the holiday cottages. They took the 10 foot dinghy out to go fishing and after heading out to look for mackerel found they were unable to get back to shore and began were taking in water in choppy seas.
they should be made to pay for that service they received from our emergency services
 

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Very foolish , but glad they are safe and well. Think the fright would have been punishment enough.
Well done to the rescue services and the yacht crew...
 
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Sorry, hui 5016, but your attitide is wrong. No more wrong than the French who complain about the cost of rescue missions for British speleologists (cave explorers to troglodytes) who get trapped almost every year in French subterranean caves.

I know ignorance is no excuse, but what limits adventure from foolhardiness and then plain stupidity? As a (moderately) civilised nation like most others in Europe, we save people irrespective of intelligence,colour, race, creed or faith, political leanings or, unlike Bushland, credit worthiness. It's called respect.
 

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Stupid? Yes. Ignorant? Yes
I doubt very much he will do something so silly again to endanger the life of himself ANDhis son.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in unknown habitat.
Let's be grateful he was lucky this time.
 

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The real hero here was the owner of the holiday cottages who had the foresight to call the services at the correct time, - as well as the people who put their lives on the line to go and fetch them.

Well done that holiday cottage owner!
 

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Sorry, hui 5016, but your attitide is wrong. No more wrong than the French who complain about the cost of rescue missions for British speleologists (cave explorers to troglodytes) who get trapped almost every year in French subterranean caves.

I know ignorance is no excuse, but what limits adventure from foolhardiness and then plain stupidity? As a (moderately) civilised nation like most others in Europe, we save people irrespective of intelligence,colour, race, creed or faith, political leanings or, unlike Bushland, credit worthiness. It's called respect.
If you are rescued by chopper in France you are liable for the cost of rescue ,hence the carte neige system or your own specialist outdoor persuit, insurance,Unless you are French and have a carte mutuelle
i would imagine that most cavers,climbers,have some sort of insurance to cover this.I dont know if this applies to the marine sector
 

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Sorry, hui 5016, but your attitide is wrong. No more wrong than the French who complain about the cost of rescue missions for British speleologists (cave explorers to troglodytes) who get trapped almost every year in French subterranean caves.

I know ignorance is no excuse, but what limits adventure from foolhardiness and then plain stupidity? As a (moderately) civilised nation like most others in Europe, we save people irrespective of intelligence,colour, race, creed or faith, political leanings or, unlike Bushland, credit worthiness. It's called respect.
The French do charge!! had friends lifted off mountain in the Alps one had been struck by Lightning and had no insurance, had to pay thousands to the rescue services.
 

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Sacre Merde! What a numpty, I get scared taking myself to sea with a 35hp engine and a 3hp backup, never mind a seven year old boy!

Thankfully all was well though, well done the rescue services!:clap2:
 

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imagine going through that wi your 7 year old son glad there safe ,idiot pierre was probaly oblivious to what was going on.
 

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I wish that charges could be made for every numpty that made a 999 call and called out the fire services when I was in the service. Also its time that anyone taking part in activities that may require the use of the emergency services carried insurance. Rescue is costly and we cant go on supplying it for free. Even no the RAF has withdrawn a fifth of the SAR facility as they are needed elswhere in the world.
 

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I wish that charges could be made for every numpty that made a 999 call and called out the fire services when I was in the service. Also its time that anyone taking part in activities that may require the use of the emergency services carried insurance. Rescue is costly and we cant go on supplying it for free. Even no the RAF has withdrawn a fifth of the SAR facility as they are needed elswhere in the world.
Be less call outs for you then - Think about it! Would you really want someone not calling over cost?
 
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