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Covid rule-breaker rescued after he got stuck on island without paddle


The man had been camping on Loch Lomond over the Easter weekend (Picture: Loch Lomond Rescue Boat)

A kayaker thought to have travelled from England to Scotland to camp in breach of coronavirus rules had to be rescued after becoming stranded on an island without a paddle.

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

But he called for help after returning from a walk on Tuesday afternoon to find his kayak’s paddle had gone missing.

Loch Lomond Rescue Boat (LLRB) said it was contacted by police at 1.50pm yesterday and went looking for the man before safely transferring him 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.’

Under lockdown controls currently in place in England, holidays within the UK are still prohibited.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she hopes to lift restrictions on domestic travel by April 26, with plans to allow journeys to other parts of the UK on the same date.

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