RNLI Invergordon diverted from crew training to assist stricken Fishing Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Invergordon launched by Aberdeen Coastguard to a stricken Fishing Vessel 7 miles North of Findhorn Bay, which had developed engine trouble.

Invergordon and FV Zenith

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon and FV Zenith

The RNLI Invergordon volunteer lifeboat crew were currently out at sea on their usual Monday (26th November) evening crew training, with a joint exercise with Coastguard 951 about to undertaking winching operations when call came through from Aberdeen Coastguard requesting the lifeboat to a tasking of locate and assist a stricken fishing vessel ‘FV Zenith’ 7 miles north of Findhorn Bay.

The Helicopter pulled away and the All-weather Trent Class made best speed to the reported location.

On arrival the situation was quickly assessed, and tow was passed to the Fishing Vessel, to begin a passage to Burghead Harbour. Due to tidal states, the Lifeboat and FV Zenith waited for the tide to flood before entering the harbour at 10.30pm.

Local Coastguard Rescue Teams were on hand on arrival to help secure the Fishing Vessel once alongside.

The Lifeboat departed Burghead Harbour at 10.45pm to make the trip back across the Firth to Invergordon’s West Harbour arriving just after midnight.

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12.30am.

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