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Invergordon Lifeboat launched to assist two persons stranded by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Invergordon’s Volunteer Lifeboat crew were launched at 11.37pm Monday 29 July to reports of 2 persons stranded on Nairn’s East Bar being cut off by the tide.

Two Stranded casualities at Nairn

MIRO/Attie MacDonald

Two Stranded casualities at Nairn
The RNLI Invergordon All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas Aikman Smith’ left the
berth and made best speed up the Cromarty Firth and out through the Sutors in
challenging navigational conditions with a mist to fog descending on the Moray Firth.

Arriving on scene, and the volunteer crew commenced a search with MIRO Rescue
from Findhorn deploying 2 persons on the bar, locating two males shortly after, which
seemed cold and slightly unwell, the decision was taken to transfer from the East Bar
via MIRO to the All-weather lifeboat for a full First Aid assessment and warming up
process.


Once an initial assessment was complete and the teenage causalities warmed up, they
were transferred back across to MIRO due to tidal conditions, for the short trip up the
River Nairn to Nairn Harbour where awaiting Ambulance crews, Police and Coastguard
Teams were on hand to assist further.

With the two casualties ashore, Aberdeen’s UK Coastguard released Invergordon from
service to make its way to Invergordon’s West Harbour.
The Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready service by 1:20am

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