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Buckie lifeboat in Lossie mercy dash

By Alan Beresford

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A YACHT in trouble in the Moray Firth represented the third mercy call in just seven days for Buckie RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

The William Blannin tows the stricken yacht to safety.Picture: Buckie RNLI
The William Blannin tows the stricken yacht to safety.Picture: Buckie RNLI

Tuesday afternoon saw the latest in the series of mercy dashes unfold, as a spokesman from Buckie RNLI lifeboat station explained.

"Buckie's RNLI lifeboat William Blannin was launched at 2.50pm on Tuesday, October 29 after reports of a yacht in trouble around one mile off the coast of Lossiemouth.

"On arrival, a tow was established and the vessel was taken back to Lossiemouth Harbour.

"Due to the low tide, a local creel boat assisted at the harbour mouth in order to help the yacht safely inside."

No casualties were reported as a result of the incident and the lifeboat returned to her moorings around 7pm.

On Friday, October 25 the vrew were called out at 6.53pm after reports of a dinghy or small vessel being blown out to sea were reported . After a thorough investigation, nothing was found.

Finally, the William Blannin formed part of a multi-agency effort on Tuesday, October 22 in response to sightings of a body near the mouth of the River Spey. A body, believed to be that of a woman, was later recovered.

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