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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat Launches in response to an emergency distress signal

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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat Launches in response to an emergency distress signal from an EPIRB.

The RNLI Peterhead Tamar Lifeboat ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’ was requested to launch for the second time in two days by UK Coastguard on Thursday 29 June 2017 at 8.45 pm with its volunteer crew

The task was to search for a vessel in distress as indicated by a EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) signal received by UK Coastguard indicating a vessel in distress near Peterhead.

An EPIRB is a device fitted to most commercial vessels which manually or automatically sends out a distress signal to a satellite after an incident, which is then received by the UK Coastguard. No radio contact could be made with any casualty, so the lifeboat was tasked to do a radar and visual search for any vessel in distress.

The lifeboat carried out an unsuccessful 1.5 hour search in the areas of the harbour, Sandford bay, and south to Cruden bay for any vessel which may have been in distress. After the EPIRB signal was no longer being received, and no vessel was found to be in distress, the lifeboat was stood down at 10.15 pm. The lifeboat returned to its berth at 10.30 pm. The sea condition was 2-3M swell, the wind was ENE force 12 – 20Knts and visibility was poor.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to help save lives at sea by joining the fund raising team, or the crew. If you think you have some spare time to help raise funds to save lives at sea, or you have what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew, then please contact us at Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331

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