Thurso RNLI lifeboat rescues two youths

Lifeboats News Release

Thurso RNLI lifeboat The Taylors was launched on 17 April in response to the report of two 15 year olds getting into difficulties after taking to the sea in a dinghy.

Karen Munro

Arial view of rescue

The Taylors was launched at 5.31pm in response to a report of two 15-year-olds in a dinghy who got into difficulties off the Rock Well near Thurso beach. On arriving at the scene the inflatable Y boat was deployed and successfully rescued the two youths. The casualties were taken on board The Taylors where they were treated by casualty care crew members.

The Lifeboat returned to Scrabster at 5.55 pm and the two casualties were later transferred to an Ambulance. Coxswain Dougie Munro said 'This successful rescue highlights what can go wrong when inappropriate inflatables are used on the open sea. We would like to thank member of the public, Anja Johnson who very quickly realised something was wrong and dialled the Coastguard on 999'.

The Taylors was cleaned in accordance with Covid requirements and made ready for service.

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