Relief Lifeboat diverted from Engine Trials to upturned kayak
This morning seen the 1st call-out for Relief Lifeboat RNLB MacQuarrie (14-21) which is on station at Invergordon while our Lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith is away for a refit.
With a small fishing vessel and Rescue 951 also on scene, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew made her way at best speed, diverting from her routine engine trails to attend the incident.
The kayak was spotted quickly and it was established it was an old kayak which was in half, and appeared to be in the water for a considerable amount of time.
With no concern to danger of life, the damaged kayak was brought back to shore, and the lifeboat made way back to her Invergordon West Harbour Berth, where she was refuelled and made ready for service.
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