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Stranded bay island group rescued

Solway Firth
The four were rescued from the Solway Firth

Four people have been rescued after getting trapped on a small island in the Solway Firth in southern Scotland.

One of the group was suffering from hypothermia after being trapped for several hours on Ardwall Island, near Gatehouse of Fleet, on Thursday night.

A lifeboat, coastguards and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley in Wales were involved in the rescue.

The four had reached the island on a dinghy but the weather had deteriorated making their return impossible.

The rescue was completed just before midnight.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "This was a very difficult rescue carried out in gales and very poor weather.

"We would advise people not to venture out in conditions such as this.

"The Solway is a very dangerous area and tides and wind change very rapidly."

The four, who had been camping in the area, were saved after police at Dumfries received a call that a man had been seen wading in the water.

He was wearing a wet suit but was not able to make it to the mainland because of the cold and wind.

'Weather worsened'

The Kirkcudbright Coastguard Rescue Team, the Mossyard Inshore Rescue Boat and the helicopter from Wales were sent to the scene.

The lifeboat was able to cross the channel to the island with two coastguards and eventually they were able to bring the group back to the shore.

The spokesman added: "The weather had worsened after the four went out in the dinghy and they couldn't get back.

"Fortunately the coastguards and the rescue boat crew were able to get them back safely although one person needed medical treatment for hypothermia.

"The others were also treated but were not as bad."



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