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Karen MunroVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboats News Release
VIDEO: Motor sailer aided by Thurso RNLI
Thurso RNLI lifeboat was called out yesterday evening (Saturday 7 April) after a motor boat suffered engine problems near Dounreay, Caithness.
Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch of The Taylors at 7.30pm after the 12-metre vessel Inga, with two people on board got into difficulty less than a mile from shore near the nuclear facility.
The RNLI lifeboat was on scene within half-an-hour of its launch where the crew established a tow aboard the Inga, before towing the vessel safely back to Scrabster Harbour in force 3-4 conditions.
The two-person crew was met by local Coastguard personnel on arrival at Scrabster Harbour at 9.30pm and the lifeboat crew were stood down.
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