Invergordon Lifeboat launched to two persons stranded on yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon Volunteer Lifeboat crew were launched at 9:21pm Thursday 16th May to reports of 2 persons stranded on a yacht in the Cromarty Firth.

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene
The RNLI Invergordon All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ left her
berth with 7 crew on board and made good speed West towards Invergordon Sailing
Club where crew spotted the vessel with two persons on board after a tender vessel
from the slipway failed to start.

Arriving on scene 13 minutes after the pagers sounded, the Lifeboat was manoeuvred
into position to allow the two sailors be safely transferred from the yacht to safety of the
Lifeboat.

Happy the 22ft yacht was secure on a newly placed mooring, the two persons were
then transported back to Invergordon West Harbour to be reunited with awaiting family.

Local Coastguard teams arrived on scene at the sailing club and assisted with recovery
of stricken tender vessel along with a RNLI volunteer.

The Lifeboat was back alongside, refuelled and made ready for service by 10:10pm

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