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Kessock Lifeboat launches to aid of dog in distress

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI charity lifeboat at Kessock was launched on Tuesday 26 January at 9.15am to the aid of a dog in the water in the Beauly Firth.

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

Kessock crew member pleased with the outcome

Initial reports to HM Coastguard suggested the animal was already underneath the Kessock Bridge and so the assembled volunteer crew quickly made their way to that point to begin their search.

A visual scan from shore soon located the animal swimming determinedly back to the opposite shore, to the West of the station and the bridge.

The exhausted dog made its way to the beach where it was reunited with its owner, and waiting crew from HM Coastguard Highland.

The Robert and Isobel Mowat was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station to be washed down and made ready for the next service and the attending volunteers returned to their daily commitments.

Lifeboat Helm Jon Ashburner said, “Today’s call out serves as a timely reminder to the public that if you see a dog in difficulty in the water call 999 and ask for the Coastguard – please do not follow an animal into the water as they can usually self-rescue.”

As a further point of interest for today’s shout, six of the nine crew in attendance were either newly passed out, advanced trainees or new trainees. Our current recruitment window for all crew closes this Sunday (other than the management post which is extended)

Interested applicants should apply via the RNLI by searching for vacancies in Kessock or by following the link in the pinned post at the top of our Facebook page.

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

RNLI Kessock launch to rescue a dog in distress

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

Assembled Kessock crew

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