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Adults and child rescued after dinghy blown offshore at Nairn

Two adults and a child were rescued by coastguard teams after their dinghy was blown offshore near Nairn East beach.

The Invergordon lifeboat was launched and local coastguards teams deployed at about 14:30.

As they headed to the scene it was reported that the dinghy had come to rest on a sandbank.

The local coastguards on the ground were able to reach the inflatable vessel and help the occupants to safety.

Invergordon Lifeboat spokesman Michael MacDonald said: "They were lucky to come to rest on a sandbank.

"If the wind had picked up it could have been blown them further out with the tide also on it's way out and they could have been put in more danger."

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