Invergordon call-out race to catch adrift yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon Volunteer Lifeboat crew were launched at 2.49pm Friday 22nd March to reports of a yacht adrift in the Cromarty Firth, with strong winds aiding the drift, the crew launched within a few minutes to catch the yacht as it sailed down the firth.

The RNLI Invergordon All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ left its berth with 6 crew on board and quickly spotted the vessel, which could pose a danger to shipping within the firth.

A lifeboat crew member was transferred onto the yacht to check whether there were any persons on board. The yacht was found to be unmanned and was secure, however, a mooring bouy & line was still attached to the yacht's bow.

With a towline initially established to a local tug which had intercepted the 50ft vessel, this was transferred to the Lifeboat to bring back to safely into Invergordon’s West Harbour.

With the added danger of the mooring bouy and line, once alongside, measures were taken to remove this from the vessel.

The Lifeboat was back alongside, and made ready for service by 5:25pm.

Invergordon Lifeboat responding to call-out to yacht adrift

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Adrift Yacht under tow
Invergordon Lifeboat responding to call-out to yacht adrift coming alongside

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Adrift Yacht coming along side

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