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RNLI Invergordon launched on reports of female in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this evening to a report of an unresponsive woman in the water by Dingwall

With limited information at the time, the crew prepared the daughter XP Boat to be deployed once on the scene, to locate what was described a person in the water by the mouth of the River Conon.

Arriving on scene at the Cromarty Bridge at 6:47pm, the crew launched the XP boat with 2 crew in drysuit kits to make way to the given reference point indicated by Aberdeen Coastguard.

With local Coastguard Teams on route, Coastguard Rescue 951 was tasked from Inverness to the location also.

After a short search the Helicopter crew winched a female from the water and transported to Raigmore Hospital. The condition of the female is not known at this time.

After all searches were complete, Aberdeen Coastguard commanded all SAR units could be stood down.

With the XP Boat recovered to the Lifeboat, the volunteer crew made their way back to Invergordon West Harbour berth.

The Lifeboat was refueled and made ready for service by 9:00pm

Invergordon Lifeboat Spokesman Michael MacDonald said ‘When we respond to a service call-out, not all the details can be established beforehand however we ensure that our task is carried out as effectively and thoroughly until a time more information is received. Tonight’s service call really puts this into perspective and the crew work together along with other SAR units to ensure the task is completed quickly and smoothly.’

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