RNLI Invergordon tasked to Multi Agency Mayday Search

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 22nd April gave RNLI Invergordon the second shout of the weekend, where the Lifeboat was tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard to assist in an extensive sea search for a Mayday Call received shortly before 7pm.

Invergordon Lifeboat at speed

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat at speed
The RNLI Invergordon lifeboat crew were paged at 6.55pm, launching their Trent Class lifeboat, 'Douglas Aikman Smith' quickly by the request of Aberdeen Coastguard to undertake a search of the coastline which encapsulated a distance of 129km (79 miles) which includes an area of water relating to 483 square kilometres (186 sq miles).

With all responding SAR Units searching specified search locations which covered the whole of the inner Moray Firth where Invergordon Lifeboat covered from the Cromarty Firth to the South Sutor to Chanonry Point, across to Fort George, following the coastline to Nairn, up to Findhorn, onto Burghead and then across to Tarbetness Lighthouse and proceeding down towards the seaboard village of Balintore arriving back at the North Sutor and into the Cromarty Firth, with RNLI Kessock covering the Beauly and Moray Firth towards Chanonry Point including Munlochy Bay.

Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 951 from Dalcross was also tasked to conduct a search of the Moray Firth in a strategic search pattern as local Coastguard carried out a shoreline search from Culbin to Inverness.

With the Mayday call coming from a VHF radio, within the Moray Firth broadcast area this was being treated as real and all efforts were made to locate the vessel in trouble.

With nothing located after an extensive Sea, Land and Air searches, the search was stood down pending further investigation at 11.15pm.

The Volunteer Crew made their way back to Invergordon’s West harbour and the Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service around 11:40pm.

Marine Traffic Track

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Marine Traffic Track

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