Invergordon Lifeboat launched to person in water from upturned dingy.

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this evening to reports of a person in the water by Rosskeen, Invergordon.

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The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 4:45pm, and made best speed towards the reported position given by Aberdeen Coastguard which was East of Invergordon Sailing Club.

Due to low water, the Lifeboat deployed swimmers to the casualty in the water, and assist in bringing the casualty to the shoreline, where CPR was required, the Lifeboat launched inflatable XP Daughter craft with a 3rd crew member to assist on the shoreline.

With Paramedics and Police Scotland on scene, it was required to request assistance of the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 951 to convey the male casualty to hospital.

With CPR still ongoing a RNLI Crew member assisted on- board R951 to Raigmore Hospital where the casualty was treated further.

The Lifeboat recovered tender dingy and performed a coastline search to Saltburn Pier with the Helicopter returning the scene to assist in the search for any other persons in water, once it was established there was no one further to be accounted for, all SAR assets were clear to stand down.

The Lifeboat returned to it’s berth in Invergordon’s West Harbour where the boat was refueled and made ready for service for 7:45pm.

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