Invergordon RNLI launched on 1st call out of 2022 to stricken walker

Lifeboats News Release

The crew pagers sounded at 2.32pm on Sunday 6 March by UK Coastguard’s Aberdeen Operations room requesting the launching of the Invergordon Lifeboat to reports of a person who had fallen down several feet into rocks on the South Sutor.

Invergordon Lifeboat XEP and crew ashore

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat XEP and crew ashore
The Volunteer crew assembled and Shannon Class Lifeboat ‘RNLI Agnes AP Barr’ RNLI 13-37 which holds 9500 names as part of the RNLI Launch a Memory campaign, left harbour making best speed up the Cromarty Firth and round the South Sutor, the south of the two headlands which mark the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.

Arriving on scene shortly after launching, the search began for a male who had slipped on the screed hillside and landed on rocks below, with potential injuries.

The Shannon’s XEP Inflatable Daughter Craft was deployed upon locating the casualty on the shoreline with two first aid crew onboard to assess the situation.

With minor injuries reported, the casualty was evacuated to the all-weather Lifeboat which made best speed back to an awaiting Ambulance waiting at Cromarty Harbour, where he was fully accessed by the Scottish Ambulance Service crew.

With Kessock RNLI also on scene, the all-weather lifeboat then made the trip back to the scene, to collect the two crewmembers who had returned to the shore to undertake another rescue, this time however it was an eager but slightly panicked spaniel called Hunter who was patiently waiting to be reunited with his owner.

With Hunter reunited safely at Cromarty Harbour with his owner, the Lifeboat was released from service and made the journey back to her Invergordon’s West Harbour berth where the lifeboat was washed down, refuelled, cleaned to COVID-19 guidelines, and made ready for service shortly after 5:30pm.

Invergordon Lifeboat Crew and Hunter

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat Crew and Hunter

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