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Red Cross rescue teams join loch search

27 August 2012

Two boats and six volunteer crew members from the British Red Cross swift water rescue unit joined the search for a 32-year-old man missing in Loch Gairloch in northern Scotland on 27 August.

The highly-trained teams were called in by Northern Constabulary to help in the search following a canoeing tragedy which claimed the lives of two children.

The Inverness-based boat crews were supported by three other Red Cross personnel in a state of the art communications command vehicle.

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Peter McCarthy, operations director for Northern Scotland, said: “This is a terrible tragedy which has devastated a family and our sympathy goes out to them. We are doing all we can to help.

“The Red Cross works in support of all the emergency services and our swift water rescue unit was tasked with searching parts of Loch Gairloch by Northern Constabulary.

“Our crews are highly trained and experienced in search and rescue techniques. We have been involved in several similar operations over the past couple of years.”

The swift water rescue teams and the communications specialists are continuing to search the loch alongside police, RNLI and coastguard units.

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