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Person in water rescued by Kessock volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.46 am on Monday 27 June Kessock lifeboat volunteers were paged to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Robert and Isobel Mowat following reports of a person in the water near Chanonry Point.

Launching in calm seas and a gentle westerly Force 4 wind the crew of four made best speed up the Beauly Firth.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the person in the water, next to a dinghy. As the lifeboat approached the campsite area at Fortrose they were guided in towards the casualty, who was near the shoreline, by the first informant.

Near the shore, three of the crew left the lifeboat entering the shallow water to make their way to the casualty, who was wearing a lifejacket, and took them ashore where they immediately started emergency first aid.

The Inverness Coastguard Team and an ambulance were also dispatched to the scene along with a Coastguard Rescue helicopter.

When the ambulance crew arrived on scene, the RNLI volunteers assisted the ambulance crew with further medical care before the casualty was transferred into the Coastguard helicopter for onward transfer to Raigmore hospital in Inverness.

By 10.46am all of the Kessock lifeboat crew were back aboard the lifeboat and made their way back to the lifeboat station at North Kessock. There the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 11.15am.

Notes to Editors:

The RNLI have launched their annual water safety campaign, Respect The Water, which aims to improve water safety awareness. For more information about #RespectTheWater click here.

RNLI Media Contacts: Dan Holland, Kessock volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07900 567496

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