Aug 30


Byline: On Saturday 23rd August, Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch of Invergordon RNLI Lifeboat with the volunteer crew tasked to a disabled yacht, which had become dismasted.
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Sailing vessel Shoshoni with her 2 crew became dismasted approximately half a mile out with the Sutors, and required assistance. Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch of Invergordon’s All-weather Trent class Lifeboat Douglas Aikman Smith at 2.43pm reaching the stricken vessel just after 3pm.

With 2 lifeboat crew transferred to assist with the recovery of the broken mast, a tow was established to the Shoshoni, and a passage was made back to the safety of Cromarty Harbour. The lifeboat was back along side and refuelled, and ready for service by 5.15pm  

Thursday 28th August around 4.17pm the volunteer crew pagers again activated to what was a similar incident; a 32ft yacht Swiss Roll had become dismasted 7.5 miles NE of Tarbetness point.  

Swiss Roll was on passage from Findhorn to Helmsdale when the mast failed. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene, a volunteer crewmember was transferred over to aid the recovery of the mast and sail from the water.  

Fishing Patrol vessel Minna which was on patrol close by also came to assistance, with the lifeboat requesting the 47m (154ft) patrol vessel to provide a lee whist the recovery operation was undertaken and a tow established due to the weather conditions.  

Once a tow was established, Invergordon Lifeboat made her way to Cromarty Harbour where local coastguard were awaiting on to assist with the berthing of Swiss Roll.  

The Lifeboat then returned to her Invergordon West Harbour berth and was made ready for service by 10.45pm.

RNLI Media Contacts: Michael MacDonald, Invergordon volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07751 204647. ​

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