Aberdeen Lifeboat tows fishing vessel to safety
Aberdeen Lifeboat was paged at 8.45am this morning to assist the Brixham-registered scallop-dredger Q-Varl 7 miles east of Stonehaven.
The lifeboat launched at 8.55am and arrived on scene at 9.30am. Although in no immediate danger, the Q-Varl’s propeller had become fouled and she was unable to make way under her own power. The lifeboat took her in tow to return to Aberdeen.
With assistance from Aberdeen Harbour pilots, the Q-Varl was brought alongside the fish quay in Aberdeen at around 1.30pm. The lifeboat returned to station and was readied for service by 2.00pm.
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 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.