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Lifeboat and Yacht
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Lifeboat and Yacht

Sunday the 31st July - a yacht has run aground on the sandbank in front of Shore Street and the Links. The Invergordon Lifeboat tows her off, as a Dolphin Research Vessel stands by. The Air Sea Rescue Helicopter was also on station.
Picture added on 01 August 2005
I am pretty sure this was a case of overstating the danger to human life. The crew of the vessel concerned didn't ask for assistance but took it AFTER it was mobilised. Who made the decision? The lifeboat was called out, the big yellow helicopter was called over (2500 / hr??) the Cromarty Rose approached and said "no danger", the crew would float off in a couple of hours with a strategicically placed anchor. The RIB is one of John Ross's not the AU. All said, it was frankly, a load of very expensive b**l*c*s.
Added by G Meldrum on 02 August 2005
Further to the comments made by G Meldrum, I rather suspect that HM Coastguard called out the Lifeboat and the ASR to use this as an excercise, because this was classed as a "shout" the money would not come out of the excercise budget. another example of how funds have to be manipulated to satisfy budget restraints( only my humble opinion of course)
Added by George Selvester on 03 August 2005
This vessel was called the Raku and was sailing with another vessel called the JayBee. When the Raku went aground the Jaybee put out a PanPan on VHF Channel 16 to which the coastguard responded. On hearing the Pan Pan Cromarty Rose responded but ran out ouf water before she could tow the Raku of the bank. I advised the coastguard that we were at low water and the tide would soon be flooding but the lifeboat had already been despatched. On arrival John Ross used his RIB Deliverance to pass a tow line to the lifeboat after which the Raku was towed off the "EELI BEDDIE". And that your honour is exactly how I remember it.
Added by Ronald Young on 03 August 2005
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