Man charged after boat crashes into Lochalsh fish cage

A 57-year-old man has been charged after a boat landed in a Lochalsh fish farm cage in the early hours of last Saturday.

The rigid inflatable boat – carrying one woman and four men – is believed to have been travelling from Kyleakin to Glenelg when it became trapped inside the cage at around 1.30am. The eight-metre vessel had jumped the perimeter fence and landed in the middle of the cage, injuring one of the male passengers.

Kyle’s RNLI lifeboat launched at 1.50am at the request of Stornoway Coastguard, arriving at the scene five minutes later to find the RIB entangled in the nets. The lifeboat crew managed to get the RIB to the outer fence and assessed the passengers, with the injured man suffering a suspected broken ankle. The group were then transferred on to the lifeboat for transportation to a waiting ambulance in Kyle at 3.05am.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said this week that a 57-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with alleged offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.