Kessock and Invergordon Lifeboat stations in response to a multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

Following reports of 2 children being seen in the disused fabrication yard near Ardersier this afternoon (Wednesday 3 January) both Kessock and Invergordon lifeboats were launched to try and find them and bring them to safety.

Invergordon Lifeboat underway

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat underway
The RNLI Kessock lifeboat crew were paged to launch at 5.05 pm. Launching their Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat, Robert and Isobel Mowat, quickly at low tide into calm seas and little wind the UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat initially search the shoreline from Whiteness Sands to Nairn in case they children had moved on.

The sea and weather conditions provided very good search conditions.

Shortly after RNLI Invergordon Lifeboat were tasked to join the search. The low tide mean the Kessock Inshore lifeboat couldn’t get close enough to the shoreline and into the area around the fabrication yard. The Trent class all weather lifeboat daughter craft, a XP-Boat, with it’s shallower draught was better suited to try and navigate over the shallow sand bars at the entrance to the yard.

While Kessock lifeboat provided safety cover for Invergordon’s XP-Boat, the all weather lifeboat continued the shoreline search Kessock had initially been tasked too.

Nairn Coastguard and Inverness Coastguard were also conducting shoreline searches on foot.

Following an appeal on social media by Highland & Islands Police Division it was established that the children were safe and well and not at the fabrication yard or near the shoreline and all the Search and Rescue teams were stood down.

Both Kessock and Invergordon lifeboat crews returned to their boathouses, with the All-weather Lifeboat alongside the West Harbour in Invergordon, and made ready for service by 8.30pm

Kessock Lifeboat underway

RNLI/Dan Holland

Kessock Lifeboat underway

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