A ROSS-SHIRE lifeboat crew has issued an appeal to paddleboarders following a call today.
The volunteer RNLI crew from Invergordon were called in to launch to help a struggling young paddleboarder off Rosemarkie Beach at 12.39pm this afternoon, along with several people in the water.
It was the second lifeboat call in a few days at the same location.
The Shannon Agnes AP Barr-class lifeboat and her crew of six volunteers were launched minutes after pagers were rung by the UK Coastguard with the RNLI lifeboat Kessock and began to pick up top speed in ideal conditions to the Cromarty Firth towards Rosemarkie. It was at this point that confirmation was received that everyone involved was safely back ashore.
The lifeboat was removed and returned to the West Harbor berth at Invergordon, washed, refueled and made ready for service at 1.20 p.m.
Kessock’s crew had been called in on Sunday to assist a paddleboarder at the same location.
She was being blown offshore by a southwesterly breeze described as Force 3-4.
The crew assembled and made contact with the victim, bringing him and his equipment onto the lifeboat.
While the good weather is expected to continue, the crew of Invergordon today shared an article with safety tips for paddleboarders.
It can be found here.