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Arbroath lifeboat crew rescue trapped youths

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath lifeboats were called into action on Saturday evening (4th June) after two youths were reported to be trapped by the sea on rocks close to the ‘Horseshoe’ area of the town’s cliffs.

A request for assistance was received from HM Coastguard shortly after 6.30pm and both lifeboats were launched within minutes.

The volunteer RNLI crews were quickly on scene and the youths were recovered onto the inshore lifeboat before being transferred to all-weather lifeboat and brought safely back to the lifeboat station where they were further assessed for the effects of the cold.

Alex Smith, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Arbroath said of the incident, 'After a busy day’s involvement throughout the day on Saturday at the Festival of Heroes event, the crew were called upon again in the evening to recover two youths who had become trapped by the water and were starting to feel the effects of the lowering temperature.

'Thankfully they were recovered and brought safely back to the lifeboat station.'

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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