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Aberdeen lifeboats rescue three paddle boarders off Aberdeen beach

Lifeboats News Release

Responding to multiple 999 calls from the public, at 2.33pm on Tuesday 14 March Aberdeen Coastguard requested Aberdeen’s two lifeboats to launch responding to reports of three paddleboarders being blown rapidly out to sea off Aberdeen beach near the Beach Ballroom.

The RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched seven minutes later at 2.40pm and were on the scene by 2.50pm. The lifeboat crew reported weather conditions on scene as gale force westerly winds blowing off the shore.

Three paddleboarders were quickly rescued by the inshore lifeboat (ILB) and transferred to the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) where casualty care was administered. Their boards and paddles were then also recovered.

The three casualties were returned to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station at 3.15pm and handed over to the care of waiting ambulance crew.

A spokesman for the RNLI in Aberdeen said: “The prevailing strong offshore winds, and their consequence in blowing these paddle-boarders offshore, serve to remind us all of the importance of obtaining a weather forecast and considering its implications before embarking on any leisure activity in the sea.”

Images of Aberdeen’s lifeboats at work are available at and where Aberdeen Lifeboat is raising funds for the essential replacement of the station’s 10 year old inshore lifeboat at a cost of £52,000

Further information from:

For RNLI: Terry McNeill, Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberdeen. Tel 01651 843225 (H) or 07941 329798 (M). Email

Key facts about Aberdeen’s Lifeboats and the RNLI

Aberdeen Lifeboat Station is one of Scotland’s busiest. Crews were called out on some 50 rescues in 2016, the Station’s busiest year on record.

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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.

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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Terry McNeill

Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberdeen

Tel 01651 843225 (H) or 07941 329798 (M)


Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland