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Peterhead Lifeboat launched to assist creel boat in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteer Crew at RNLI Peterhead launched yesterday (Monday, 15 June) to assist a boat in difficulty near Buchanhaven.

RNLI/Stacey Lynch

Volunteer Crew at Peterhead Lifeboat

Peterhead’s Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, launched at 3.04pm at the request of the UK Coastguard following a Pan Pan signal and reports of a sighting of orange flares.

Swiftly arriving on scene, around one mile north of Buchanhaven, the crew discovered two creel boats. One of the boats was experiencing difficulty and had let off a handheld flare and the other was towing it.

The lifeboat crew established there was already a tow and safely escorted them back to Peterhead Harbour. The Lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service at 4.11pm.

Martyn Simpson, Coxswain Mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat, said: “The boat owner did the right thing by using a flare, it meant that we could be there swiftly and escort both boats back to safety.

“I would encourage anyone who is taking to the water to be prepared and carry a flare or other means to call for help and attract attention.”


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Stacey Lynch, Peterhead Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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