A BOAT owner has thanked the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat’s crew for getting him afloat again after running aground.

Stevie Di Paola’s vessel was pulled out of a shallow while out sailing on the loch.

Writing on the rescue boat’s Facebook page, Stevie said: “Would just like to thank you for your fast and most professional rescue.

“The loch is very low at the moment and I found myself caught up in the situation within seconds. Once again, thanks guys.”

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The crew of the Luss-based rescue boat, St John, have been saving lives and recovering stranded sailors since being founded back in 1977.

They also provide rescue boat cover for a number of events held on and around the loch.

The service is run entirely by volunteers who rely on donations from the public to continue their outstanding work.