Boris Johnson 'nearly drowned' during Highlands staycation last year

Boris Johnson ‘nearly drowned’ after being swept out to sea ‘on a paddleboard’ on Highlands staycation and his protection officers leapt into the sea to help him

  • Prime Minister holiday in the Applecross peninsula, Scotland, in August last year 
  • Mr Johnson cut break short after he was caught glamping on a farmer’s land
  • Sources say he will not return to the country on holiday over his ‘dead body’ 
  • Boris Johnson nearly drowned after being swept to sea during his disastrous staycation in Scotland last year, it has been claimed.

    The Prime Minister had to be pulled back to safety his protection officers while holidaying in the Applecross peninsula in August.

    He had to cut the break short after the media got hold of the location where he was staying with his now-wife Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred.

    Mr Johnson was left red faced when it emerged he and Mrs Symonds had climbed over an 8ft fence to go glamping on a farmer’s land.

    And now it has emerged there were more hiccups during the ill-fated trip, with the Prime Minister nearly getting lost at sea on a paddleboard.

    Boris Johnson nearly drowned after being swept to sea during his disastrous staycation in Scotland last year

    Boris Johnson nearly drowned after being swept to sea during his disastrous staycation in Scotland last year

    He had to cut the break short after the media got hold of the location where he was staying with his now-wife Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred (pictured

    He had to cut the break short after the media got hold of the location where he was staying with his now-wife Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred (pictured

    Pictured: The cottage the Johnsons stayed at on their holiday

    Pictured: The cottage the Johnsons stayed at on their holiday

    A source told The Times: ‘He nearly drowned. He was taken out by the current. He got swept away and found himself going further and further out.’

    Others claimed the Prime Minister had to be rescued from a canoe, rather than a paddleboard.

    His security detail considered calling a search helicopter when Mr Johnson disappeared. 

    He is said to have paddled halfway back to the shore where he was met by the bodyguards, who had stripped off and were swimming.

    The source said: ‘It was all fine in the end but it could have been a catastrophe.’ Downing Street declined to comment. 

    The Prime Minister told ministers he would not return to Scotland on holiday over his ‘dead body’. He was previously considering another trip this summer.

    Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson onboard the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East near Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Thursday

    Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson onboard the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East near Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Thursday

    He is thought to be ‘desperate’ to get abroad this summer but is aware how damaging a trip would be to his PR at the moment, with thousands of Brits forced to cancel their holidays because of Downing Street’s traffic light system fiasco.

    It comes after it emerged Boris Johnson was at several times ‘side-by-side’ with a civil servant who tested positive for Covid after flying with him to Scotland this week. 

    The staffer attended a police college event with the PM and travelled on the same flight to Aberdeen before testing positive, forcing them to isolate along with their close contacts. 

    But Downing Street yesterday said the PM — who is spending the weekend at his Chequers retreat in Buckinghamshire —  had not been deemed a close contact of the individual concerned and will not go into self isolation. 

    It is understood the aide – whose identity No10 has refused to disclose – flew with Mr Johnson and a dozen others on the PM’s subsequent flight from Glasgow to Aberdeen on Thursday but they were at different ends of the official liveried Airbus used for the trip.

    It is understood the staffer was part of an advanced party that went to Scotland ahead of the PM and did not share his flight from London. 

    The staffer tested positive upon landing and was instructed to self-isolate in a hotel in Scotland while several others were sent home.