Fraserburgh RNLI has a new LOM and DLA as Lifeboat Legends retire
Local men Hamish Partridge and Stuart Fenty have taken over LOM and DLA roles from Victor Sutherland sen. and his twin brother Albert at Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.
Victor senior and his twin brother Albert, both having reached the upper age limit are stepping back after a lifetime’s association with Fraserburgh Lifeboat, (having first joined in the 1960s), and are giving up their respective roles as Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launch Authority within the organisation.
Victor senior and Albert handed over their pagers to their successors, new LOM Hamish Partridge and new DLA Stuart Fenty at the start of this month.
Hamish said, ''I am honoured to have been invited to take up the position of Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) for Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.
“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with this role.
“The RNLI are a vital service for the protection of our coastal areas, communities and fishing industries and the 50 years' plus service Victor Snr and Albert have each put into the station have to be recognised as a huge achievement.
''I can sincerely hope that I can continue the great work that Victor has done during his time as LOM and I look forward to working closely with the dedicated crew of Fraserburgh Lifeboat as well as the RNLI.”
Albert was coxswain for 15 years while Victor senior was 2nd Coxswain.
The family association will continue as Victor’s sons Vic and David are the current coxswain and 2nd coxswain respectively, while grandson Declan has recently joined the crew as a volunteer.
With around a century of lifeboat service between them the brothers have made a tremendous contribution to the RNLI and saving lives at sea.
We can only thank them and be grateful for their dedication and professionalism and help they have given to others through the years.
All the best Albert and Victor.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.