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Kessock Lifeboat crew moves quickly to secure drifting motor vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock Lifeboat were paged at 12.03pm yesterday (Saturday 11 June 2022) to the aid of a motor vessel which was dragging its mooring and was drifting with pace on the outgoing tide.

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

Kessock’s Atlantic 85 launched from the West slipway where the assembled crew on the boat and ashore could see the casualty vessel in the centre of the Beauly Firth adjacent to the North Kessock Pier.

As the lifeboat launched the gusts of wind from the force 5 South Westerly presented some interesting conditions requiring quick thinking and team work from the boat crew.

At the Helm of the Robert and Isobel Mowat was Senior Helm Doug Grant who said, “As we approached the motor vessel it was quickly taken by the outgoing tide. We needed to act fast to prevent it from being a danger to navigation to the yachts that were afloat in the Firth. I instructed the crew to secure the boat in a tow and they were able to react quickly and efficiently to make the situation safe.”

On board was experienced crew member Hayley MacDonald who transferred from the charity lifeboat to the casualty vessel to secure the tow line. She said, “Although there was no-one on board it was clear that the boat presented a danger to other boats or could end up aground on the shoreline. Our weekly training pays off in these situations where we knew what to do safely because we practise for every scenario.”

The motor vessel was taken in an astern tow into the more sheltered conditions of the River Ness at the mouth of the Marina, where the crew transferred into an alongside tow and safely recovered the boat to a very grateful local owner.

If you would like to support your local RNLI Lifesavers they are recruiting for Events Crew of all ages and backgrounds. Keep an eye on RNLI Kessock Lifeboat social media pages for more information. There is a new members' Welcome Meeting at the Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 21st May at 7pm and all are very welcome. If you would like to attend or have any questions email [email protected].


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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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