HM Coastguard rescued three people from the water after their vessel ran aground off Burghead yesterday.
Reports of a 30ft motor cruiser drifting into onto the rocks following engine failure were received by the Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team at around 8pm last night.
The trio abandoned the vessel and sought safety in their life raft. Shortly after their motor cruiser ran aground.
Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team, Moray Independent Rescue Boat (MIRO), Buckie RNLI Lifeboat, a Offshore Industry Rescue Bond helicopter from Aberdeen and Scottish Ambulance Service were all sent.
Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a water rescue and all three people were brought safely to shore. The people are currently being checked over by the Ambulance Service.
Jonathan Mustard, HM Coastguard said: ‘The people were extremely lucky, fortunately they were all wearing lifejackets and had suitable life saving equipment with means of raising the alarm.
MIRO were paged at 7:59pm by Aberdeen Coastguard to attend a report of a boat drifting onto the rocks east of…
“They were able to abandon their vessel for the life raft. Coastguard Rescue Officer entered the water, in rough conditions and were able to bring everyone safely to shore.”
MIRO Rescue made haste to Burghead in rough seas and on arrival found the vessel had been washed onto the rocks and the crew had been safely recovered by Burghead Coastguard.
MIRO Rescue was stood down and returned to Findhorn where it was refuelled and made ready for service.