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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:55 pm 
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LochWatch is up and running and has dealt with a number of incidents around the loch on an informal basis without the involvement of the emergency services. The intervention of LochWatch has meant that the emergency services are not called unnecessarily therefore freeing them up to respond to the huge amount of calls that they receive at this time of year.

On Sunday 6th June 2010 it was a different story when Strathclyde Police; Coastguard Rescue Teams; Scottish Ambulance Service; British Transport Police and Strathclyde Fire Brigade raced to the shores of Loch Awe in response to the report of a train derailment. Early reports indicated that the train had careered off the track in the Pass of Brander, burst into flames and may have toppled down an embankment and into the loch. On arrival at the scene it was quickly established that the train had miraculously been saved by a sturdy oak tree which had prevented the train from plunging into the cold deep dark waters of the loch.

Distressed passengers, large numbers of emergency personnel, additional resources arriving all the time meant that there was a need for a reception area with shelter, food, hot drinks and communications. The nearby Cruachan Power Station Visitors Centre was ideal for this task and the staff, all LochWatch volunteers, swung into action and worked tirelessly through the night.

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