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RNLI Kessock lifeboat crew is tasked with helping in back to back searches


By Hector MacKenzie

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It was a busy night for the local crew. Picture: D. Caulfield. RNLI Kessock.
It was a busy night for the local crew. Picture: D. Caulfield. RNLI Kessock.

Volunteers with a Highland lifeboat crew had a back to back shouts last night after being tasked to help in two separate searches.

RNLI Kessock lifeboat volunteers were first paged at 8.05pm and launched to help Police Scotland conduct a shoreline search between Avoch Harbour and Fortrose.

Helicopter Rescue 151 and Coastguard Teams from Inverness, Nairn and Cromarty were also in attendance.

The crew was stood down at approximately 10.30pm once the casualty was safely in the hands of the services onshore.

The boat and crew returned to the station to be made ready for service.

Not long after refuelling, the crew was asked again at 11pm to a separate incident: a high-risk missing person on the Inverness side of the Firth.

Two of the previous crew – the helm and a casualty carer – returned to the boat with two standby crew were on scene within minutes to conduct a search from Clachnaharry sea lock back towards the bridge.

Conditions were described as "clear but freezing". The casualty was located on shore by police and the coastguard teams and the boat returned to the station.

By 12.30am, it was washed down, refuelled and ready for service.


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