Here's how he told his story in the article:
A LIVERPOOL man today relived the terrifying moment he thought he would die on Loch Ness.
Alistair McQuillan came within five minutes of death when his canoe was capsized by a freak wave on the infamous Scottish lake.
The 23-year-old, of Hightown, was on the third day of a fund-raising canoeing expedition – along with brother Nick, 20, and two friends – when the drama unfolded.
Although they set sail in perfect weather, conditions took an abrupt turn for the worse by the time they reached the middle of the loch.
“When we set off, it was beautiful, sunny weather and Loch Ness was like a millpond with no waves. But then, when we were about halfway across, the weather suddenly turned absolutely horrendous.Indeed he was close as
“The waves were really high and it was like facing sea conditions in an open canoe.
“Then this one wave came up and hit us from behind, tipping the base of the canoe over the front of the canoe, and we were both thrown into the water.
“The waves were so high we couldn’t right the canoe and by this time it was full of water.
“We were both shouting and screaming ‘Help!’. Mark started to swim for shore, but my legs had become entangled and I was stranded in the middle of the loch.
“I thought I was a dead man as not many cars go past and there was no-one to raise the alarm.”
“I was in the water for 25 minutes with only a buoyancy aid to keep me afloat – the survival rate is 30 minutes, which means I was only minutes away from death."They were really in luck, by sheer chance, the pair were spotted in the water by a passing motorist who happened to be a canoeing instructor who called for help from Loch Ness RNLI and was able to guide the lifeboat crew to the right location.
“I don’t know who the passing motorist was but we were so lucky, not only that he spotted us struggling in the water but that he was a canoeist himself. I would love to speak to him just to say ‘Thank you.’
“I’m lucky to be here. It’s just a miracle.”
“What surprised me was how the weather can change in a matter of 15 minutes from gorgeous to absolutely horrendous.”The last statement should be a good moral lesson for the story and for everyone of us to bear in mind. The quick change in weather can happen everywhere else also. I guess it could be a surprise to us that the Loch Ness can be as stormy as other large bodies of water.