RNLI Invergordon’s Golf Day turns into Mayday
Saturday 11th June saw the Annual RNLI Invergordon Texas Scramble take place at Invergordon Golf Club when the crew pagers were activated by Aberdeen Coastguard to a Mayday call.
The Volunteer Crew of Invergordon Lifeboat and the members of the Easter Ross Fundraising Branch were busy ensuring the popular annual event took place smoothly and with a steady stream of the 120 golfers arriving for their tee off times, the crew pagers were sounded by Aberdeen Coastguard.
The duty volunteer crew of 7 made their way to Lifeboat Station where they launched the All-weather Trent class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ to a report of a Mayday call from a small fishing vessel in the Cromarty Firth.
The Mayday was put out by the lone fisherman on-board the small fishing vessel after they appeared to hit an object in the water and feared the hull was damaged and taking on water.
Making best speed to the casualty vessel’s location which was reported to be roughly 1 mile east of Cromarty Harbour the 23-foot fishing boat from Cromarty was being secured alongside the newly instated Cromarty Ferry ‘Renfrew Rose’ and Rescue Helicopter 951 monitoring overhead until the Lifeboat crew arrived on scene.
The crew quickly had the boat’s Salvage Pump setup and transferred to begin to pump any water ingress. With no major signs of ingress, the vessel was secured alongside the Lifeboat and a towed to the safety of Invergordon’s West Harbour.
With the tide almost at low water, it was decided to use this opportunity to put the boat into the shallow water outside the Lifeboat Station where the hull could be checked. With no impacting signs, it was agreed to remove the boat from the water at high water at the nearby Invergordon Sailing Club Slipway
With a few hours until the tide turned, and the vessel secured, some of the crew made their way back to the Golf competition to help out with the ongoing events.
30 Teams of 4 Golfers per team, 2 BBQ’s, a Raffle saw the day make an amazing £3300 for the RNLI despite the lack of sunshine.
With the tide turning, the Lifeboat escorted the fishing vessel to the Slipway where it was loaded on to a trailer for further examination.
The Lifeboat was back alongside the berth and refuelled and ready for service by 5:30pm
With all that, the crew then returned to the Golf Club to help with the close of the competition and announce the winners of the RNLI Annual Golf Day 2016.
With various prizes up for grabs such as longest drive, closest to the pin and 1st 2nd & 3rd places, the winners were as follows,
Longest Drive :- D Affin
Closest to the Pin :- Calum Chisholm
Best Dressed:- Zebra Boy
In 3rd place with a score of 57.7 was Ally Melville’s Team
In 2nd place with a score of 54.1 was Shaun Doull’s Team
With a winning score of 51, was Invergordon Lifeboat’s very own crew member Dave Cargill’s team which was met by a few chants by the room, but all in the name of fun for a very important cause.
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