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Stranded boat rescued from Pentland Firth sea cave

rnli lifeboat pic of cave rescue
Image caption The 10 passengers and two crew took shelter on rocks inside the cave

A boatload of tourists has been rescued after becoming trapped in a sea cave in the Pentland Firth.

The rigid-hulled inflatable boat North Coast Explorer went into the cave but was not able to get out after losing its reverse thruster.

Thurso Lifeboat was called to the scene, on the island of Stroma, off the northern coast of Caithness.

The 10 passengers and two crew, who had left the boat and scrambled on to rocks, were said to be fit and well.

They were picked up from the rocks by the lifeboat and were being taken ashore at John O' Groats.

Aberdeen Coastguard received the call at 15:00 BST and requested the Thurso RNLI lifeboat to launch.

The coastguard helicopter from Shetland was also scrambled and a yacht, 'Gulan' also went to the scene and stood by, ready to assist.

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