Invergordon RNLI launched to stranded persons cut off by tide in Moray Firth

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteer crew were launched this afternoon by a tasking from UK Coastguard to locate and rescue two persons and a dog cut off by the tide at local beauty spot.

Invergordon RNLI called to respond to stranded persons on Old Bar

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI called to respond to stranded persons on Old Bar
The UK Coastguard Operations Room in Aberdeen requested the launch of Invergordon’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ at 4.17pm this afternoon (30 May) when they received a report of two persons and a dog stranded but safe and well on the Old Bar off Nairn beach.

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 make the crossing to Nairn.

With local Coastguard Teams and the independent inshore lifeboat from Findhorn making way to the scene the stranded party were escorted safely back to Nairn Harbour.

The UK Coastguard stood the volunteer crew down around 5.20pm allowing the lifeboat to return to Invergordon’s West Harbour.

The lifeboat was back alongside and refuelled and ready for service by 6.10pm.

Earlier this week Jacob Davies, RNLI Lifesaving Manager for Scotland advised on the following safety message “Just because the lockdown restrictions are being relaxed does not mean our coasts are safe, the dangers that have always been there remain. We ask those who are local to beaches to continue to be aware of the inherent dangers and to avoid taking risks. Our strong advice to the Scottish public, who are not local to a beach, is to exercise locally and not to travel to the coast. Scotland’s air temperature may be warming up but the sea temperature remains consistently chilly all year, jumping or falling into cold water or spending longer periods than normal submerged in the water can lead to, potentially fatal, cold water shock.

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

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