RNLI Peterhead launched after Mayday relay

Lifeboats News Release

Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat was launched today (Tuesday 1 December) to assist in a search following a DSC activation for a man overboard.

Peterhead Lifeboat returning from search of coastline

RNLI/Peterhead Lifeboat

Peterhead Lifeboat returning after search

The Peterhead Tamar class lifeboat RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail was requested to launch at 9.56am following the DSC activation.

Tasked by HM Coastguard, the volunteers at Peterhead Lifeboat urgently launched and conducted a search from Peterhead Harbour along the coastline to the south.

Jurgen Wahle, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Peterhead Lifeboat Station, said: “We immediately launched after the Mayday relay was overheard and we were tasked by the Coastguard Operations Room. The initial reports were of a possible man overboard, near Peterhead.

“We searched Peterhead Harbour and south of the coastline, due to the large number of creel boats working in the area.

“After a thorough search of the area, nothing was found and the search was stood down after it was established that it was an accidental activation. The Lifeboat and crew returned to berth.”

The Misses Robertson of Kintail returned to berth at 12pm, where she was refuelled and made ready for service.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • Peterhead lifeboat station been operating since 1865. The current Peterhead Lifeboat Station, the third built, was opened in 1999 and is staffed by one full-time RNLI employee.
  • The Lifeboat, a Tamar class RNLB Misses Robertson of Kintail, is berthed approximately 100 metres away.
  • To learn more about the station, go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/peterhead-lifeboat-station

RNLI media contacts

Stacey Lynch, Peterhead Lifeboat Press Officer, 07791729954, Stacey_Lynch@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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