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In pictures: Naming ceremony for Kessock lifeboat

A naming ceremony was held on Saturday for RNLI Kessock's new lifeboat.

The lifeboat station in North Kessock took delivery of its larger and more powerful earlier this year.

Called the Robert and Isobel Mowat, the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat replaced the station's Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, The Moray Dolphin.

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The new boat allows the station to put four crew instead of three out to sea and it is faster and stronger than the previous lifeboat.

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Saturday's ceremony featured Northern Constabulary Pipe Band and was attended by Sit Peter Housden, a member of the RNLI Council.

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John Horn and Sheila Percy officially handed over the new boat on behalf of the Dr Isobel Stewart Fenton legacy fund. Dr Fenton left the RNLI £200,000 in her will to pay for new inshore lifeboats. The money has covered the cost of the Atlantic 85 and also some of the upkeep and maintenance of the craft. It has been named after Dr Fenton's parents Robert and Isobel Mowat.

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The station in the Black Isle relies on a team of volunteers.

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Since being brought into service in January, the Robert and Isobel Mowat has been launched on rescue on 10 occasions.

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Last month, the crew went to the aid of the captain of a chemical tanker after he collapsed while en route to Inverness.

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