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Crew goes to aid of Viking ship

Kessock lifeboat
Kessock lifeboat crew went to the aid of the longship

A lifeboat crew went to the aid of a replica Viking longship after it got into difficulty in strong tides at the Kessock Bridge at Inverness.

The boat was being towed out of the city's marina when its support craft suffered engine problems.

Kessock RNLI came alongside and escorted the two other craft until they reached a sea lock at Clachnaharry, about a mile from the marina.

Lifeboat spokesman Dan Holland said Saturday's incident ended safely.

Rising tides

Meanwhile, a father and his grown-up daughter had to be rescued when they got into difficulties while winkle picking in Loch Linnhe.

They were trapped by rising tides near Fort William on Sunday afternoon.

Other family members were watching from the shore and raised the alarm because the pair could not swim and were not wearing lifejackets.

A rescue helicopter, Oban RNLI lifeboat and a rescue team from Fort William went to help - as well as three boats, including the Corran ferry.

They were eventually helped ashore by a group of people who waded out to them with a life-ring. Both were unhurt.

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