RNLI Fraserburgh Tasked to Capsized Vessel With Two Persons in Water

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat was launched at 12.40pm on 15 September 2019 after reports that a 3 metre Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) had overturned at the mouth of the River Ugie and there were two persons in the water.

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Coxswain Vic Sutherland racing to Fraserburgh Lifeboat

Coxswain Vic Sutherland, Kenneth Ritchie, John May, William MacDonald, Lindsay Palmer, Stuart Ross and Nathan Whyte had responded immediately to their pagers and were aboard the lifeboat as it sped to the scene.

They were passing Rattray Head when they got the good news that the persons were safe and well and had managed to get to the shore themselves, and that the lifeboat was being stood down.

The coastguards had helped recover their RIB and Fraserburgh Lifeboat returned to station, and was washed down and refuelled and made ready for the next service.

A good outcome with all safe and well and members of the public are reminded that if they see anyone in danger at sea to phone the Coastguard immediately on 999.

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Volunteer Stephen Brown

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Volunteer Stuart Ross runs to Fraserburgh Lifeboat

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John May, Stuart Ross and Vic Sutherland

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Crossing Fraserburgh Bay

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Returning home after being stood down

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