Seven rescued from Loch Lomond
SEVEN people have been rescued from a boat drifting dangerously close to rocks on Loch Lomond - all were under the influence of alcohol.
According to Central Scotland Police, the boat had no power, and there were not enough life-jackets.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a boat.
He is also accused of failing to carry sufficient life-jackets.
The coastguard and police were alerted to the incident at about 1am on Thursday morning when the boat, a 23ft Cleopatra Class motor cruiser, was drifting dangerously close to the rocky shore near Balmaha Pier.
Luss Rescue Boat was called out and drafted in help from National Park Rangers on their patrol boat .
It follows advice issued by the National Park yesterday, warning people to stay safe and use common sense when visiting the area.
David Cameron, a ranger for 17 years said: "It's going to be a fantastic weekend and we're looking forward to welcoming people to the National Park.
"There is no better place to be on a hot sunny day but we want everyone to have a safe visit here.
" Alcohol and water is often a fatal combination so please stay out of the water."
Sergeant Davie Hannah of Central Scotland Police said: "This could have had a very different ending.
"It is only through good fortune and the skill and dedication of the volunteer rescue service that this boat did not run aground and people did not end up in the water."
Rangers are also asking visitors to be vigilant in this hot dry weather as the risk of fires increase. Take extra care when disposing of cigarettes and barbecues.
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 25 May 12
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