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Kessock lifeboat launched on service to help two windsurfers believed to be in difficulty

By Louise Glen

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Kessock RNLI were called to assist two windsurfers who were believed to be in difficulty in the Moray Firth.

The Coastguard asked volunteers to go out on the shout, on Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, following a report of windsurfers who were in difficulty at Chanonry Point.

When the Kessock lifeboat arrived on scene it was discovered both people had safely made their way ashore.

A spokeswoman said: "Our volunteer crew were paged and, following a swift assembly, we launched at 3.15pm.

"Conditions were favourable and we made best speed to the reported location where we commenced a shoreline search from Chanonry to Fortrose harbour. "Working alongside Inverness Coastguard team, it was discovered that both individuals had made their own way ashore and the lifeboat was stood down from the search."

Helm Tom Booth said: “This was a good shout with excellent response from our crew, and an opportunity for three new shore crew to attend a live launch. "The call to the Coastguard was made with good intent and we are all too aware of how quickly people can become caught out in escalating difficulty.

"We are delighted that this occasion had a positive and safe resolution.”

The lifeboat returned to station and was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 4.45pm, the same afternoon.

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