Invergordon lifeboat Agnes AP Barr comes to the aid of the yacht on the rocks at Dalmore as ‘extremely strong winds’ take their toll

The Invergordon lifeboat was launched in a gale to help a 17ft yacht in distress. Photo: RNLI/Michael MacDonald

A YACHT that broke its moorings and drifted over rocks in Easter Ross has sparked a call for RNLI lifeboat volunteers.

The Invergordon lifeboat was launched after the vessel broke its moorings and drifted in the firth and over rocks at Dalmore Embankment in high winds overnight.

At 10.19am this morning (Thursday), the UK Coastguard called for help from the lifeboat and its volunteer crew.

This was after they received reports that the 17ft vessel broke its mooring in the extremely strong winds and ran aground on the rocks.

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Invergordon Shannon Class Lifeboat, Agnes AP Barr, made the best speed to the scene arriving at 10.36am.

The vessel was refloated by the rising tide. The yacht’s owner and his teammate set out to return to anchorage after ensuring that no damage had been sustained.

The lifeboat escorted the vessel and her two crew under her own power to Kiltearn anchorage where she was secured. The two crew members on board made it safely to shore via the small tender to the waiting Coastguard team.

Once the yacht was secured to the mooring, the Invergordon lifeboat was stopped and left the scene and returned to Invergordon West Harbour, returning at 12.15pm before being ready for the next service .

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