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Relief Lifeboat diverted from Engine Trials to upturned kayak

Lifeboats News Release

This morning seen the 1st call-out for Relief Lifeboat RNLB MacQuarrie (14-21) which is on station at Invergordon while our Lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith is away for a refit.

Invergordon Lifeboat, making speed up Cromarty Firth

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat, making speed up Cromarty Firth
Aberdeen Coastguard requested the assistance of the All-weather Trent class Lifeboat to attend Cromarty Bay where it was reported an upturned kayak was spotted floating in the water.

With a small fishing vessel and Rescue 951 also on scene, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew made her way at best speed, diverting from her routine engine trails to attend the incident.

The kayak was spotted quickly and it was established it was an old kayak which was in half, and appeared to be in the water for a considerable amount of time.

With no concern to danger of life, the damaged kayak was brought back to shore, and the lifeboat made way back to her Invergordon West Harbour Berth, where she was refuelled and made ready for service.

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