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Invergordon RNLI assist 48ft vessel with mechanical issues in Moray Firth

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The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched on Saturday 22 July to a vessel which had lost power in Moray Firth.

Invergordon Lifeboat with causality vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat with causality vessel under tow
The volunteer crew of 6 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 5.37am, and made best speed towards the reported position given by Aberdeen Coastguard which was 5 miles of the coast of Nairn. With a clear visibility and a relatively calm seas state, the 48ft Dutch registered Sailing yacht was quickly spotted and verified using AIS Tracking.

With an experienced crew on board the vessel, the main sails were stowed and the yacht was made ready for a tow.

With the tow line secured, the Lifeboat made it’s away with her causality under tow to the safety of Inverness Marina, which was deemed the best option due to the size of the vessel.

On reaching the Kessock Bridge, the crew brought the ‘Zeildroom’ alongside the Lifeboat to aid the manoeuvrability to the available berth in the marina.

The Inverness Coastguard team were also standing by on the pontoon to help secure the yacht as it was brought alongside.

The Invergordon crew then made way back to Invergordon West Harbour and the Lifeboat was then refueled, and made ready for service by 9:20am.
Invergordon Lifeboat with causality vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat with causality vessel under tow
Invergordon Lifeboat approaching Kessock Bridge

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat approaching Kessock Bridge

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