July, 1963 - July 1963

David Sutherland Oliver, Arden, Hilton, borrowed his brother’s dinghy at 3.30am and set sail. With no sign of him the Cromarty lifeboat was called out, RNAS Lossiemouth had planes on standby, the people of the village of Hilton were searching the shoreline, a salmon coble belonging to John Paterson and manned by salmon fishers William Skinner, Donnie Hugh Sutherland and David’s brother George was also searching. 13 hours after he set out he was found wandering near Geanies summer house by hotelier Ian Black and Alex MacKay, Shore Street, Hilton. The boat was high and dry and he was none the worse for his experience.