Arbroath lifeboats diverted during training exercise

Lifeboats News Release

The crews from Arbroath's all-weather and inshore lifeboats were briefly diverted from their routine training exercise on Tuesday evening (23rd July) after reports of a kayaker in difficulty just off the town's cliffs close to Victoria Park.

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Arbroath ALB & ILB making their way to the scene
A member of public on the cliffs had raised the alarm after spotting one of the kayaking party in the water. Both lifeboats were in the vicinity and arrived quickly on scene. However no assistance was required.

The volunteer RNLI crews concluded their training exercise and returned to station.

Lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, Alex Smith, said: 'Our crews were on exercise in the area anyway and arrived very quickly should help have been needed. Thankfully on this occasion there was a positive outcome and everyone was safe and well.

We always encourage people to make that call if they are concerned that someone may be at risk in the water.

The sea can be a dangerous place and is extremely cold, even at this time of year, so it is always better to be safe than sorry.'

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