The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched last night to report of 2 Kayak’s found adrift in the Moray Firth.
The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 5.35pm, and made best speed to a rendezvous point with a yacht ‘Sand Dollar’ who had come across 2 kayak’s approximately 1 mile east of the Sutors, the iconic entrance to the Cromarty Firth.
The yacht passed over the kayaks to the crew and with no reports of missing persons at the time, the search coordinated by Aberdeen Coastguard saw the lifeboat completed a comprehensive search covering many miles stretching to Balintore to Rosemarkie and a significant area out with the Sutors, for what was suspected to be 2 persons in the water.
Local Coastguard teams located persons staying at Rosemarkie Caravan park who had lost 2 Kayaks earlier in the day, taken from Rosemarkie Beach by the tide confirmed the 2 adrift were indeed belong to them.
With confirmation complete, the lifeboat and the volunteer were stood down and made best speed back to her Invergordon West Harbour berth, where she was refueled and made ready for the next service call at 10:10pm
Invergordon Lifeboat Spokesman Michael MacDonald said ‘When we respond to a service call-out, not all the details can be established beforehand however we ensure that our task is carried out as effectively and thoroughly until a time more information is received. If a person does realise they have lost something as significant as the 2 kayaks to the sea, please report this by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard’