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Two shouts over weekend for Arbroath RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called into action twice over the weekend, responding to their pagers late on Friday evening and again on Sunday afternoon.

Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched around 10.30pm on Friday (1st July) following reports from a member of the public that someone had entered the water off the town’s cliffs.

A full-scale search of the area was carried out involving the Arbroath lifeboats, HM Coastguard teams and a search and rescue helicopter. All teams were stood down some time later after it became apparent the incident was a false alarm.

The second call of the weekend came on Sunday afternoon (3rd July) at 4.30pm after a request was received to assist a small inflatable craft which had suffered engine trouble close to Auchmithie.

Both lifeboats were again launched and once the craft, which had a single occupant, was located the inshore lifeboat crew escorted it safely into Auchmithie harbour before returning to station.

There were no casualties.

RNLI media contacts:

Rod McLean, Arbroath volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07850 255360, email

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 07771 943026, email

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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