Invergordon RNLI called to respond to Emergency Beacon Signal in Moray Firth

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The Volunteer crew were launched this morning by a tasking from UK Coastguard to assist in searching for a vessel which had activated an Emergency Beacon.

Invergordon RNLI called to respond to Emergency Beacon

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI called to respond to Emergency Beacon
The UK Coastguard Operations Room in Aberdeen requested the launch of Invergordon’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ at 7.22am this morning when they received an alert from an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) from a vessel showing to be in the Inner Moray Firth.

The volunteer crew of six left with clear visibility and calm sea state, ideal for making best speed up the Cromarty Firth into the Moray Firth to commence a search for the vessel.

Tasked with a search area down to Chanonry Point for any vessel’s in the area, the crew deployed lookouts and used the lifeboat’s navigational aids to help locate any vessels close by, with Kessock RNLI also tasked to cover the Beauly Firth to Chanonry Point.

With further information being received and communication with owner of the vessel it was found by local Coastguard Teams, berthed securely in Inverness marina and the EPIRB on board.

The UK Coastguard stood the volunteer crew down around 8:00am allowing the lifeboat to return to Invergordon’s West Harbour.

The lifeboat was back alongside and refuelled and ready for service by 8:30am.

At all times the crew followed the guidance from the RNLI in response to COVID-19.

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