RNLI Invergordon launched to Sailing Vessel in difficulty in Moray Firth.

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RNLI Invergordon launched by Aberdeen Coastguard to locate and ensure the safety of those aboard after a sighting from the shoreline indicated persons on board in difficulty.

Invergordon Lifeboat on scene

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat on scene
The RNLI Invergordon lifeboat crew were paged at 10:38am Friday 4th May, launching their Trent Class lifeboat, 'Douglas Aikman Smith' quickly by the request of Aberdeen Coastguard to undertake a search for the White Sailing vessel off the coast of Balintore.

Making best speed up the scenic Cromarty Firth and out through the Sutors into the vast Moray Firth, Coastguard 951 were returning to their Dalcross Base when they offered to do a fly by to help spot the vessel and assess any difficulty it may be in.

The helicopter soon located the vessel approximately 3 miles offshore off Balintore making way under sail, appearing to be in no apparent difficulty.

With the helicopter visual the crew made their way to the vessel and made contact with the sole sailor who was making a passage from Burghead to Inverness Marina, despite suffering difficulty earlier by Balintore trying to get turned into the wind, this was now resolved and making way with a slight swell.

With Aberdeen Coastguard updated the Lifeboat and CRT units on the shore were stood down around 11:20pm.

The Volunteer Crew made their way back to the Lifeboat berth where the Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service around 12:00pm.

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