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RNLI's Kessock lifeboat launched to rescue boys at sea off Rosemarkie beach on the Black Isle


By Philip Murray

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The RNLI lifeboat tows the boat to the shore. Picture: Martin Hier.
The RNLI lifeboat tows the boat to the shore. Picture: Martin Hier.

RNLI rescuers were called into action on Saturday when a motorised boat carrying two youngsters suffered engine failure off the coast at Rosemarkie.

The RNLI's Kessock lifeboat was scrambled by the Coastguard at 2.54pm to help aid the motorised tender. The dinghy had suffered an engine failure and was drifting out to sea from the beach.

The volunteer crew assembled, following Covid-19 protocols, and the charity lifeboat the Robert and Isobel Mowat made good speed in perfect conditions out of the Beauly Firth and east to the location.

The lifeboat pulled alongside the stricken vessel and towed them safely to to shore using an alongside tow.

A crew member helps to pull the boat to shore, while Coastguard members pull a tow rope. Picture: Martin Hier.
A crew member helps to pull the boat to shore, while Coastguard members pull a tow rope. Picture: Martin Hier.

Dougie Munro, boat helm said: "The boys had shown great thinking by attaching themselves to a creel buoy to prevent drifting any farther with the offshore breeze.

"They were also wearing lifejackets and took the advice offered by ourselves and the Coastguard to invest in a waterproof bag to carry a mobile phone or mobile VHF for future trips. It was a great outcome and we were delighted to reunite them into the safe hands of the Coastguard and their waiting parents."

The lifeboat returned to the station where the boat and all kit were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 4.30pm.

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