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Invergordon Lifeboat Launches To RIB Drifting Towards Cromarty Firth Oil Rigs

24th November 2019
Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer crew recovering the RIB at Nigg in the Highlands Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer crew recovering the RIB at Nigg in the Highlands Credit: RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 8.36pm last night (Saturday 23 November) to reports of a vessel with no power drifting towards oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth.

The all-weather Trent class lifeboat Douglas Aikman Smith made best speed to the location of two anchored oil rigs — iconic fixtures in the firth — with the two male occupants of the stricken RIB signalling their location by head torch.

After suffering engine trouble shortly after setting off from Nigg, the RIB had drifted a considerable distance with the incoming tide, coming close to the unmanned structures before the lifeboat arrived on scene five minutes after launching.

With no medical issues and the casualties assessed, the lifeboat took the 10ft RIB under tow to Nigg slipway to be recovered and escorted its two crew safely ashore in the lifeboat’s XP boat.

Published in Scottish Waters
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