Crew pagers rang at 2.32pm on Sunday March 6 from the British Coastguard’s Aberdeen Operations Room requesting the launch of the Invergordon Lifeboat to reports of a person who had fallen several feet into rocks on the South Sutor.
Assembled volunteer crew and Shannon Class Lifeboat ‘RNLI Agnes AP Barr’ RNLI 13-37 which holds 9500 names as part of the RNLI Launch a Memory Campaign, left port doing better speeding the Cromarty Firth and around South Sutor, the south of the two headlands which mark the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.
Arriving on the scene shortly after the launch, the search began for a man who had slipped down the side of the tread and landed on rocks below, with potential injuries.
The Shannon’s XEP girl inflatable craft was deployed after locating the victim on shore with two rescue teams on board to assess the situation.
With minor injuries reported, the victim was evacuated to the all-weather lifeboat which made the best speed to a waiting ambulance waiting at Cromarty Port, where it was fully accessible by the service crew. Scottish ambulance.
With Kessock RNLI also at the scene, the all-weather lifeboat then made the return trip to the scene, to pick up the two crew who had returned to shore to undertake another rescue, this time however it was an eager but slightly panicked spaniel named Hunter who was patiently waiting to be reunited with his owner.
With Hunter reunited safely at Cromarty Harbor with her owner, the lifeboat was released from service and made the return journey to her berth in the western port of Invergordon where the lifeboat was washed , refueled, cleaned per COVID-19 guidelines, and prepared for service shortly after 5:30 p.m.
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