A yacht was pulled to safety during a rescue lasting more than three hours off the Caithness coast last night.
The vessel, which had two people on board, was struggling against high tides and strong winds just north of Sinclair’s Bay, near Wick, at around 8pm.
Wick Lifeboat and the Duncansby and Wick coastguard rescue team were called to assist the vessel, arriving to help at 8.50pm.
A coastguard spokeswoman said: “The yacht was struggling with the weather conditions. The lifeboat team pulled the vessel safely back to Wick Harbour.
“Everyone is present and accounted for – just needing a hot meal and a warm shower.”
The vessel arrived safely back at the harbour at around midnight.