Kessock Lifeboat assisted disabled 32 ft yacht en route to Inverness

Lifeboats News Release

At 09.30am on Saturday 15 June, Kessock lifeboat volunteers we’re tasked to assist a 32ft Yacht who had issued a Pan Pan after suffering an engine failure.

The yacht was en route from Findhorn with two people onboard, and was rounding Chanonry Point when they identified the problem. Both the crew were well, and the yacht was making way under sail. Concerned that the tide would be running foul by the time they got to the approaches of Inverness, they feared they would not be able to safely enter the marina without their engine.

Kessock's Atlantic B Class lifeboat, Robert and Isobel Mowat, arrived on scene at around 10.00, and a crew member was transferred onto yacht to help rig the tow. With the tow established, good speed was made with following seas and a north east F3-5 wind.

Upon entering the River Ness, Kessock lifeboat transferred the yacht to an alongside tow, to give better manoeuvrability, before entering Inverness Marina.

At 11.45, the lifeboat then put Yacht safely alongside in berth, with assistance from Inverness Coastguard Team on the shore. Kessock lifeboat then returned to station was then stood down form the service and return to the lifeboat station in North Kessock. the lifeboat was fueled and ready for the next shout by 12:00.

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For more information please contact:

Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Kessock, 07900 567 496 dnjholland@me.com

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

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Kessock lifeboat approaches the 32 ft yacht

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