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Prestigious award for Anstruther after a challenging rescue in the dark of night

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Anstruther RNLI have been commended with a chairman’s letter of thanks for a rescue back in 2016.

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RNLI Trustee Sir Andrew Cubie pictured with Coxswain Michael Bruce and Senior Helm Barry Gourlay

The crew were paged with an immediate request to launch by Aberdeen coastguard at 3:28am on a cold February night with both lifeboats tasked to assist three anglers who found themselves in difficulty whilst fishing off the back of St Monans harbour.

RNLI trustee Sir Andrew Cubie presented the award to station coxswain Michael Bruce and senior helmsman Barry Gourlay at a recent exercise and reiterated his thanks to the crew for their efforts that night.

The letter stated that ‘during this service, you all demonstrated courage, determination and excellent seamanship and you are to be commended for all that you achieved under such challenging circumstances.’

The RNLI Chairman’s award is recognition for the continued training and commitment the team at Anstruther participate in. On launching that night in poor weather with both lifeboats, the crew worked together to arrive on scene swiftly, manoeuvre the lifeboats into position with very little water and assist the 3 fishermen to safety.

The award will take pride of place in the station and is a reminder to our volunteers the pivotal role we play in saving lives at sea.

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