Thurso RNLI lifeboat assists in search for missing local man

Lifeboats News Release

Thurso RNLI volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard at 5.14 pm yesterday evening (Tuesday 11 December).The Severn class lifeboat The Taylors was launched at 5.20 pm and headed west to the Bettyhill area to help search for a missing 39 year old male. They arrived on scene at 6.15 pm.

File picture of Thurso lifeboat in action


File picture of Thurso lifeboat in action

Coastguard and Police along with a rescue helicopter from Inverness were also involved in the search for the local man.

Thurso RNLI Coxswain Dougie Munro said: ‘We were tasked to assist in the search for a missing male.We searched the Farr Bay and Torrisdale Bay area for almost three hours and were stood down at 9.00pm. There was a bit of a swell and parts of that particular area have a very dangerous shoreline and should be avoided, especially in the dark’.

Thurso RNLI lifeboat The Taylors returned to Scrabster harbour, RNLI’s most northerly mainland station, at 10.10pm.

Pic Caption: This is a file picture of Thurso lifeboat The Taylors in action.

RNLI Media Contacts: Ron Gunn, Thurso RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07736 119004. Email

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