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First Call Out For New Boat

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 1st November ‘Jack and Joyce Burcombe’ Atlantic 75 came to the end of it’s serviceable life in Stonehaven.

Launching Miss Betty

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

It was replaced from the relief fleet with another Atlantic 75 ‘Miss Betty’ who has become the replacement boat here in Stonehaven. Today Stonehaven volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 15.25 to reports of 2 red distress flare over Stonehaven Bay.
The crew launched the new boat ‘Miss Betty’ at 15.35. A rescue helicopter Bond 1 also attended. The crew searched from north of Garron Point to Dunnottar Castle but nothing was found. Contact was made with the person who had made the call and it became clear that the flare had been fired from somewhere within the town.

The crew were stood down and returned to the station at 16.45.

RNLI media contacts:

Lorraine Clark, Lifeboat Press Officer, Stonehaven on 07878 760633

Or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956,

Or Henry Weaver, Regional Media Manager, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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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
Setting out on Shout

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Miss Betty
Flare in the Distance

HM Coastguards

Flare In the Distance
Flare in the Distance

HM Coastguards

Flare Spotted in the Distance

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