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Rescue after dinghies capsize at Findhorn Bay

A rescue operation was launched in the Moray Firth due to dinghies capsizing.

An RAF helicopter and the inshore lifeboat at Burghead were scrambled after the incident in Findhorn Bay just before 12:00.

It is understood five children from Forres Academy and Speyside High School were involved.

Coastguards in Aberdeen, who co-ordinated the operation, said all those involved were safe and well.

The Scottish Ambulance Service told the BBC Scotland news website there had been no injuries.

Everyone relieved

A Moray Council spokesperson said the pupils were taking part in sail training.

It is understood a dinghy with one pupil aboard capsized. The pupil was taken aboard a rescue vessel.

While the RAF Lossiemouth helicopter was on scene, other dinghies also got into difficulty.

Pupils from those were also taken on board the rescue boat.

The council spokesman said: "This was a properly supervised activities outing and everyone is relieved and thankful that no-one was injured and that all the pupils involved are safe."

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