Polish tourists rescued on Davaar dhorlin

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A group of seven Polish art lovers stranded on Davaar island’s dhorlin were rescued by a lifeboat crew.

A Campbeltonian raised the alarm with the Coastguard after spotting the group of nine in trouble, with the two youngest members wading in water up to their waists across the shingle spit as the tide rapidly advanced on Sunday afternoon.

Those two made the shore but two others retreated to where the other five had stood fast.

Campbeltown’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Ernest and May Shaw, with a crew of six under coxswain Stephen Scally was tasked at 1.50pm.

The group were shivering and cold despite the warm weather, and standing on a patch of diminishing shingle, when rescued by the Y boat launched form the ALB.

Lifeboat operations manager George Bradley said: ‘The group wanted to visit Archibald McKinnon’s crucifixion cave painting and checked the tide times online.

‘High tide was at 15.30 hours but they misread this as 5.30pm.

‘As most locals know, it is safe walking two to three hours either side of low water.

‘They would have been stuck for another four to five hours by which time it would have been dark.’

On Saturday, a race night at St John’s 141 Masonic Lodge raised at least £1500 for the RNLI.