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Invergordon RNLI responds to second callout in same location.

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this afternoon to a small fishing vessel which had fouled the propeller

Invergordon Lifeboat with casualty vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat with casualty vessel under tow
The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 5.10pm, and made best speed towards the reported position given by Aberdeen Coastguard which was around the McFarquhars Bed area, where the crew were involved in a rescue early this morning where a 26-year-old male was reported to have fallen from the cliff and sustained a suspected head injury and reports of a possible broken leg.

This time the casualty was a 8m Fishing boat which the propeller became fouled close to the rocky shoreline.

Arriving shortly after 5:30pm, the volunteer crew prepared a tow from the Bow of the lifeboat to ensure the vessel did not encroach the rocks and into deeper water before transferring the to the stern and towing back to the safety of it’s mooring just off Cromarty.

Once moored safely, the Lifeboat proceeded back up the firth to return to the berth in Invergordon’s West Harbour where the boat was refueled and made ready for service for 6:40pm.

Invergordon Lifeboat Coxswain Andrew Murray said “This was another swift well planned rescue which goes to show the dedication and commitment of the volunteer crew who acted so quickly for the 2nd time in so many hours”.


Invergordon Lifeboat with casualty vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat with casualty vessel under tow

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