RNLI warns against searching for Loch Ness monster

RNLI warns against searching for Loch Ness monster after 18,000 join online plot to ‘storm’ the area in September

  • More than 39,000 people said they were ‘interested’ in attending the event
  • And 18,000 have confirmed they will ‘storm’ Loch Ness, south west of Inverness
  • The RNLI warned depth is equivalent to the height of two and a half Big Bens 

A plan for thousands of people to ‘storm’ Loch Ness in search of its famous monster has prompted the RNLI to issue a warning.

The lifeboat crew cautioned those who have said they are ‘interested’ in searching the loch, south west of Inverness. They warned its depth is equivalent to more than two and a half Big Bens.

Wind-generated and unpredictable waves on the loch can reach as high as 16 feet. 

The lifeboat crew cautioned those who showed an interest in searching the loch, south west of Inverness. They warned its depth is equivalent to more than two and a half Big Bens (file image)

It comes after around 18,000 people said they would attend an event to search for Nessie in September. Another 39,000 people said they were ‘interested’ in the event.

The organisers appear to have been inspired by the viral plan to storm Area 51, the military base in Nevada associated with alien conspiracies.  

The Loch Ness RNLI team warned the arrival of such a large number of people at the water risked stretching its resources.

‘With no US Army involved, Loch Ness looks a little less hazardous than storming Area 51, but here we have our own set of problems,’ the team said on Facebook.

‘Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat has an impressive survivor carrying capacity, but even that will be stretched by the “attendees” of this event.’

The statement said that, ‘joking aside’, there were some facts to share about the water mass.

It continued: ‘The water temperature is cold! In fact, an average of six degrees centigrade all year round, meaning cold water shock and hypothermia are real dangers.

‘Weather conditions and water state can deteriorate rapidly, going from flat calm to a large swell in minutes.

‘There are very few areas on the shoreline where it is possible to make it up to a road.

The statement said that, ‘joking aside’, there were some facts to share about the water mass (file image)

‘Waves are wind generated rather than tidal, so they behave differently to how users might expect.

‘Its fresh water is less buoyant than salt, meaning more effort is required to float/swim.’

Unofficial reports suggest that wave heights can reach up to 16ft, it added.

The statement concluded: ‘Nessie 1-0 Bandwagon.’ 

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