Peterhead Lifeboat launched to assist person in water

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteer Crew at RNLI Peterhead launched this morning (Saturday July 4) at 6.10am to assist a man who had fallen in Peterhead Harbour.


RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail

The crew immediately launched the Y Boat with two crew members after reports of a man in the water. The Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, then followed.

Once they arrived on scene, the ambulance services were already with the casualty who had fallen in the water between the harbour and the vessel, MCS SWATH 1.

The crew on board the MCS SWATH 1, who were preparing to head to the wind farm, assisted the casualty on board their vessel, where the ambulance crew and members of the volunteer Lifeboat crew were available to help.

The casualty was transferred to the ALB Lifeboat by stretcher and was transferred to the ambulance and taken to hospital.

The UK Coastguard, Police Scotland and Harbour Assistance were also on scene to assist the rescue.

The Lifeboat was stood down and made ready for service at 7.30am.

Martyn Simpson, Coxswain Mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat, said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in this rescue, especially the MSC SWATH 1 crew who immediately initiated a rescue when they saw the man in difficulty.

“We’d also like to thank the Coastguard, Ambulance, Harbour Assistance and Police services for their assistance in this multi-agency rescue.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers when walking near the harbour. Thankfully this rescue had a positive outcome due to the swift reaction of the MCS SWATH 1 crew and everyone involved.”


Notes to editors

  • Peterhead lifeboat station has been operating since 1865.There have been two stations here. The first established in 1865 and closed in 1928 and the present station established in 1912.

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