RNLI Fraserburgh out to Yawl which had lost Power 20 September 2019

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat was launched at 19.25 Friday 20 September after a yawl which had lost power between Sandhaven and Rosehearty called the coastguard.

Coxswain Vic Sutherland, mechanic Jason Flett and volunteers Stephen Brown, Kenneth Ritchie, Lindsay Palmer, Stuart Ross and John Stephen were aboard Fraserburgh Lifeboat Willie and May Gall as it left the harbour at speed and headed west.

They soon arrived on scene, and began towing the yawl Bluepoint which had two persons aboard to Sandhaven harbour. With around half a mile to go they transferred the tow to the XP boat which was manned by RNLI volunteers John Stephen and Stephen Brown.

Local fisherman Jackie McDonnell volunteered his services and took the yawl Antonio out and the tow was handed over to Jackie around 300 metres from Sandhaven Harbour.

With the XP boat providing an escort, Jackie successfully towed the Bluepoint to the safety of Sandhaven Harbour where they were met by members of the Coastguard team.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat returned to station, was washed down and refueled and was ready for next service at 21.00 when Coxswain Vic Sutherland held a debriefing session at the Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.

“Where would we be without the Lifeboat?” asked Zander Burnett of the Bluepoint “You know you can always rely on these lads when you need them.”

Zander also thanked Jackie for all his help and assistance and told him that it was very much appreciated.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat leaving berth

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat leaving harbour

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat arrives on scene.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat tows the Bluepoint

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Yawl Antonio takes over the tow

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