Thurso RNLI lifeboat in search for boat adrift in river mouth
Thurso RNLI Lifeboat 'The Taylors' was launched at 10pm on Monday 10th February 2020 following a report from Police Scotland that a boat was adrift near the entrance to Thurso River. The lifeboat commenced a search of the area and the boat was located near the shore just east of the river mouth.
Due to a particularly high tide and a large swell the vessel ended up ashore. Local Coastguard Teams located the boat and were able to secure it so it would not float away.
The Taylors returned to Scrabster and was refuelled ready for service at 10.35pm. RNLI Coxswain Dougie Munro said: 'It was important we found the boat to check there were no persons on board and also a boat adrift in the sea especially in the dark is a hazard to other ships'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.