Invergordon RNLI launched to disabled motor vessel by popular Dolphin location

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon’s Volunteer Lifeboat crew were launched at 3.18pm Sunday 2nd June to reports of a vessel who had lost power in the Moray Firth and drifting around Chanonry Point.

Vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Vessel under tow
The RNLI Invergordon All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ left its berth made best speed up the Cromarty Firth and out through the Sutors and made its way to Chanonry Point, a local hotspot for the famous Moray Firth Dolphins where they met Kessock Lifeboat’s ILB ‘Robert and Isobel Mowat’ who were also tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard to attend.

The casualty vessel with two persons on board had reported engine / fuel problems and was adrift, in the Chanonry Narrow, Kessock Lifeboat crew quickly established a tow to bring the vessel out of any immediate danger.

Once clear of any danger, Invergordon Lifeboat began to take over the tow, by placing one crew member on board the 15m 18 tonne vessel to assist in the transfer and ensure the two persons were safe and well.

With the tow transfer complete, Invergordon carried on with the tow into Inverness Marina where local coastguard teams were on scene ready to assist. Kessock Lifeboat was then released from service and made way back to the station slipway to awaiting recovery crew.

Once alongside in the marina, and all confirmed well, Aberdeen Coastguard released Invertgordon from service to make its way to Invergordon’s West Harbour.

The Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready service by 7:30pm

Vessel Alongside tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Vessel Alongside tow

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