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Person in Mud sparks Invergordon Lifeboat Launch

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this evening to reports of a person stuck in the mud with a quad bike on the Cromarty Firth coastline.

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene
The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 8:23pm, and made best speed towards the reported position given by Aberdeen Coastguard which was around the Balconie Point area off Evanton, where Police Scotland were in attendance with a Coastguard team from Dornoch.

A report from a member of public advised that there was a male having difficulties with a Quad bike in thick mud and required assistance.

With a crew member making way to the location by road it was clear on arrival that the male and his quad bike had managed to recover himself and the bike before assistance arrived.

2 RNLI crew members were deployed in the XP Daughter boat to the shoreline to assist and carry out a quick search before proceeding back to the Lifeboat.

After it was clear that all was deemed well and no one in difficulty the Lifeboat was then stood down and clear to return to the berth in Invergordon’s West Harbour where the boat was refueled and made ready for service for 9:45pm

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