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RNLI Kessock assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock were paged yesterday (Friday 11 November) at 2.49pm to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Robert and Isobel Mowat, to assist Police Scotland in a search for a missing male person in Inverness.

Lifeboat on trailer being driven by tractor down slipway to the water

RNLI/Dan Holland

RNLI Kessock launch to assist in search for missing person

The crew of four launched and at the request of the UK Coastguard searched the north shore of the Beauly Firth heading in a westerly direction towards Beauly. The tide was at its lowest point making for careful navigation of the lifeboat through the channels of water avoiding the mud flats.

Despite the low tide, the conditions for searching were good. Good visibility, little wind and calm seas.

Having searched as far west as they could the lifeboat, under the command of volunteer helmsman Myles Evans, moved over to the southern shore of the inner Beauly Firth and started moving west towards the Kessock Bridge.

A thorough search of the water and shoreline was completed with nothing found, the lifeboat crew were stood down from the search as darkness fell at around 4.45pm. They returned to the lifeboat station.

Later the same evening following potential further information to Police Scotland, the crew were paged to launch again at 6.29pm to search to firth to the east of the Kessock bridge as far as Munlochy Bay. Again with nothing found during this search the crew were stood down again at 8.40pm when the lifeboat was recovered to the lifeboat station and made ready for the next service call.


Notes to Editors.

Picture shows Kessock Lifeboat, Robert and Isobel Mowat, launching on the first search of the afternoon of Friday 11 November. Credit: RNLI/Dan Holland

Media contacts:

Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Kessock, 07900 567 496

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

RNLI 24 hour Press Office, 01202 336789

Lifeboat leaves launch trailer and heads off to sea

RNLI/Dan Holland

RNLI Kessock launch to assist in search for missing person

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