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RNLI Invergordon rescues Drifting RIB in Cromarty Firth.

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched last night to report of a broken down Rib drifting in the Cromarty Firth.

The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 9.35pm, in search of a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) reported to Aberdeen Coastguard that had experienced an electrical problem which caused the vessel to become immobilised and now adrift in the Cromarty Firth.

With the crew keeping a lookout, and making way to the given position, the causality vessel was soon spotted near to the given location.

With a tow-line already setup by the sole person on-board to pass to the Lifeboat, the vessel was quickly under tow back to it’s berth within Cromarty harbour.

On the approach to the Cromarty the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat for negotiation into Cromarty harbour entrance, with the vessel owner and a crew member on board to help assist securing to a mooring on the pontoon.

Once secure, the Lifeboat made best speed back to her Invergordon West Harbour berth, where she was refueled and made ready for the next service call at 10:30pm.

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