Buckie Lifeboat Crew Rescue Man From the Water After Dinghy Capsizes
Buckie Lifeboat Crew launched this afternoon after 999 calls from the shore alerted the Coastguard to a man alone in the water clinging to a capsized dinghy.
Buckie’s Severn class, all-weather lifeboat, William Blannin, launched just before midday today, Friday 8 February, in choppy seas after being alerted by the Coastguard. The volunteer crew quickly arrived on the scene and located the casualty whose dinghy had been capsized by a wave.Speaking about the shout, Buckie’s Coxswain, Alan Robertson said: “When we heard there was a person in the water we launched as fast as we could, in conditions like this you want to get to someone as quickly as possible, every second counts. When we arrived on scene we were relieved to find the casualty had managed to climb onto the top of his capsized dinghy. It was very fortunate that people had spotted him from the shore and knew to call 999, he’s a lucky man.”
After returning to the station, the casualty was passed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service. Buckie’s volunteer crew then refuelled the lifeboat and made her ready again for service.
The RNLI recommend that anybody taking to the sea should always be aware of the weather, and recognise the inherent dangers, should carry a means of calling for help, should let somebody know where they are going and should wear a lifejacket.
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