Invergordon Lifeboat launched to disabled yacht in Moray Firth

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon’s Volunteer Lifeboat crew were launched at 8:40pm Tuesday 28 May to reports of a vessel who had lost power in the Moray Firth and drifting towards Nairn’s West Beach.

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene and tow established

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene and tow established
The RNLI Invergordon All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ left its berth with 7 crew on board and made best speed up the Cromarty Firth and out through the Sutors into the open waters of the Moray Firth, on a course towards Nairn.

Aberdeen HM Coastguard co-ordinated the operation which also launched Moray Inshore Lifeboat, an independent lifeboat from Findhorn Bay to assist also. With Invergordon Lifeboat arriving on scene a stern tow-line was quickly established to bring the 19ft vessel with 2 persons on board away from any danger.

Shortly after the tow was then passed to MIRO’s (Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation) IRB to ensure a safe passage up the River Nairn and then brought alongside into Nairn Harbour where awaiting local coastguard teams were ready to assist.

The Invergordon Lifeboat was released from service by Aberdeen Coastguard and made its way back to Invergordon’s West Harbour arriving and made ready for service by 10:40pm.

Vessel under tow

RNLI/Michael MacDonald/MIRO

Vessel under tow

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