Highlands & Islands

Canoeists airlifted to hospital after Loch Lochy capsize

Two canoeists have been airlifted to hospital suffering from hypothermia after capsizing in a Highland loch.

Clyde Coastguard received an emergency call at about 19:00 about two men who could not get back into their canoe in Lochy Lochy near Spean Bridge.

A local boat came to their aid and they were then flown to Fort William by a Royal Navy rescue helicopter.

A coastguard spokesman said the men, in their 40s, had been in the freezing water "for a considerable time".

He added: "The helicopter struggled to get up as there were snow showers as it headed north.

"When the team arrived at the scene the lifeboat team was overseeing things and the men had been removed from the water by a local boat where people were trying to keep them warm."

He said the men were responding well.

They were part of a group of four people on the loch in two canoes, and the coastguard said they have been camping near the loch as part of a bigger group.

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