Arbroath’s RNLI lifeboats were today (5 April) involved in a multi agency search along the local cliffs following the discovery of a burnt out van.
A request for assistance was received from the UK Coastguard at approximately 8.15am and both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched a short time later.
For approximately three hours, the volunteer lifeboat crews joined Coastguard and Police Scotland in carrying out a detailed coastal search which was concentrated in the area between the Whiting Ness and Deil’s Heid area of the cliffs.
Upon completion of the search both lifeboats remained on scene as safety back up while the land search concluded before being stood down at 11.55am.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.