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Broughty Ferry Lifeboats called out twice on Saturday morning

Lifeboats News Release

Broughty Ferry RNLI volunteers were called upon twice in the space of a few hours today (Saturday 5 May, 2018) following two emergency calls from the Coastguard Service.

Stock image of both Broughty Ferry lifeboats

RNLI/Broughty Ferry

Stock image of both Broughty Ferry lifeboats

At 11.31am the Broughty Ferry RNLI were called into action following a report that a light aircraft had performed a forced landing on Mugdrum Island, River Tay after experiencing mechanical problems.

RNLI volunteer lifeboat and shore crews launched the inshore lifeboat within eight minutes of receiving the call. On arrival at Mugdrum Island, off Newburgh at 12.25pm the volunteer crew found the pilot of a light aircraft uninjured and well but stranded on the island.

The crew assisted the pilot on to the lifeboat before transporting him to Newburgh where he disembarked.

The RNLI crew were stood down from the incident by the Coastguard service at 1pm and made their way back to Broughty Ferry Station, arriving just after 2pm before preparing the lifeboat for any further calls.

Just over six hours earlier at 5am the first incident came following a report of a person distressed on the Tay Road Bridge.

By 5.12am the Inshore lifeboat with the assistance of a volunteer RNLI shore crew had been launched with the larger lifeboat Elizabeth of Glamis launching four minutes later. On arrival at the road bridge the lifeboat crews were met with a person in the water who was rescued within one minute of falling.

The casualty was assessed and treated by the lifeboat crew before being transported back to Broughty Ferry lifeboat station where they were transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

RNLI media contacts

Colin Davidson, Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Press Officer, 07963 482348, [email protected]

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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