Jul 23


Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched yesterday evening to the reports of 2 teenagers stranded on a rocky cliff side on the picturesque Black Isle.
Page Content: The Volunteer crew launched the All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat at 7.13pm with a crew of 5 to undertake an extensive search for the teenagers aged 16 & 17 years old.

Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch to help locate, and rescue the male and female who had become trapped by the rising tide after a walk along the shoreline between Eathie and McFarquhar's Bed, part of the Cromarty Coastal route.  

The Lifeboat crew began its search, which was hampered by the low sunlight along with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 951 from Dalcross, Inverness.  

The 2 walkers were located just to the west of McFarquhar's Bed perched on the rocky outcrop. One of the teenagers was located approx. 30ft up the cliff was winched on-board to the safety of the rescue helicopter, whilst the male was rescued by lifeboat crew, who launched the inflatable XP Daughter craft as he located lower to the water level.  

With no medical issues found on either of the persons rescued, the female was transported to the SAR base at Dalcross, with the male taken to Cromarty harbour where he was safely handed over to local coastguard teams.

Invergordon Lifeboat Coxswain, Andrew Murray stated “In the light of this evening’s call-out, and the pleasurable weather condition’s, always remember about safety and ensure when our walking along shorelines, you take into consideration tides and accessibility as part of your route planning”  

The Lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 9.20pm

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