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Broughty Ferry RNLI Lifeboat boat crews respond to call for upturned boat

Lifeboats News Release

Broughty Ferry RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews responded to an emergency call for an upturned boat in the River Tay off The Stannergate today (Sunday 17 July).

Broughty Ferry RNLI crews were alerted to the emergency at 1.20pm. With the assistance of an RNLI volunteer shore crew the inshore lifeboat was launched within 5 minutes of the crew receiving the call.
Quickly on scene the crew of the inshore lifeboat found the submerged upturned small yacht from Dundee Sailing Club towards the middle of the river with its sails still raised. It was initially feared that the boat's crew, who were not with the boat may still have been in the water and with this in mind the RNLI quickly launched the larger all weather lifeboat, Elizabeth of Glamis to assist with the operation.
Once on scene and following communications with Dundee Sailing Club's own rescue crew it was realised that the 2 sailors from the stricken boat were both uninjured and had been safely conveyed to the shore using the sailing clubs rescue boat.
Both lifeboat crews then concentrated their efforts on a recovery operation in the difficult, blustery conditions. By 4.05pm the boat had been recovered and taken back ashore to the sailing club.
By 4.30pm both lifeboats had returned to station and were in a state of readiness for any further calls.
RNLI media contacts: Colin Davidson, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer for Broughty Ferry on 07963 482348,
Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or
Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,
Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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