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Nearly 60,000 people have signalled their interest in “storming” Loch Ness to find the fabled monster
Following on from the threats to “Storm Area 51” which were met with warnings from the US military that breaking into a US Airforce base was highly illegal and dangerous and threats to “Storm the Bermuda Triangle”. Social media and social hysteria has once again shown us the less proud moments of human intelligence with mass threats to “Storm Loch Ness”.
Conspiracy theorists and social hysteria and fake news peddlers risk hypothermia, drowning, injury from rocks or arrest for trespass if they follow through with a plan to storm Loss Ness in search of its infamous “monster”, the RNLI has warned.
Nearly 60,000 people have signalled their interest in “storming” Loch Ness to find the fabled monster, prompted a warning from the local lifeguard crew about the treacherous nature of the loch.
The viral event comes after more than a million people pledged to attend a similar gathering at Area 51, the US Airforce military base in Nevada where pilots are trained and new airforce technology and planes are tested, linked by Hollywood and conspiracy fanatics to alien activity conspiracies.
The US Air Force responded to the threat of intruders at the base saying it was “ready to protect America and its assets”.
The RNLI warned that it does not have the US Army at its disposal to deal with similar activity and encouraged Nessie hunters not to attend the event earmarked for September 21.
“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 RNLI said.
The lifeguard crew alerted anyone planning on entering the water to its 230m depth, “that’s nearly two and a half times the height of Big Ben,” they said.
The Loch Ness RNLI team also warned that the arrival of such a large number of people at the water risked stretching its resources.
“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.
“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.”
Survival time in water that cold is measured in seconds, not minutes.
In 2015, a kayaker developed hypothermia so quickly after his boat capsized at Loch Ness that he was unable to swim just 15m to the shore.
He only survived the ordeal after being rescued by Loch Ness RNLI rapid response.
Those signed up to the Loch Ness event have also been warned about the swell in the water.
“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 RNLI said.
It also pointed out that the waves in the loch are generated by wind, not a tide and that it was more difficult to swim in than sea water.
“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.”
The highest recorded wave at Loch Ness is 13ft but unofficial reports suggest that wave heights can reach up to 16ft (4.9 metres), it added.
A number of local businesses including Hairy Coo, Scottish Highland Tours attempted to cash in on the action, sharing its one-day boat tours in a post captioned: “Smaller groups are less likely to scare Nessie away! For that, we’ve got you covered.”
In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie is said to be a creature that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Popular interest and belief in the creature have varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is purely anecdotal, with a few highly discredited historic photographs.
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