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Buckie lifeboat to the rescue for pair stranded on Lossie east beach


By Alan Beresford

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TWO holidaymakers had to be plucked from Lossiemouth's east beach by Buckie RNLI lifeboat after becoming stranded yesterday evening.

Buckie's RNLI lifeboat William Blannin's latest callout could have been a hoax.
Buckie's RNLI lifeboat William Blannin's latest callout could have been a hoax.

It is believed that the pair had been walking along the beach from Garmouth and on to Lossiemouth after having been led to believe that the bridge across the River Lossie –currently out of commission awaiting repair – was in fact in use.

A spokesman for Buckie RNLI said: "Buckie's lifeboat William Blannin was launched at 9.15pm after reports of two people who had become stranded on Lossiemouth's east beach.

"An attempt by the Coastguard to rescue them by wading across the river proved to be unsuccessful to the William Blannin's Y-boat daughter craft was deployed.

"The two casualties were picked up and taken to safety without further incident.

"While the conditions were particularly pleasant it was a fairly straightforward operation."

The lifeboat was back at her moorings by 11.35pm.

The east beach bridge was closed last July after it was deemed to be dangerous and unsafe. Moray Council later removed a section of it after people continue to use the crossing despite barriers being in place.

A new bridge is to be funded by the Scottish Government.

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