First shout for new RNLI Peterhead crew member Michael

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Peterhead Lifeboat were called to assist in an emergency search on Friday, May 29.

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Michael Ritchie Peterhead Crew Member

The Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, launched at 4.48pm at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist in a search following an emergency call.

The Tamar lifeboat, along with the Y Boat, conducted a thorough search of Sandford Bay and along the coast to the North Head.

After a search of the whole area, as well as searching Peterhead Bay and Marina, nothing was found and the volunteer crew were stood down at 6.25pm. The sea was flat and calm and visibility was clear.

It was the first ‘shout’ for crew member Michael Ritchie. Michael received his pager on Monday, May 18 and he didn’t have to wait long before it went off!

Describing the moment his pager went off for the first time, he said: “When I heard the pager go off I was in the middle of preparing supper so I dropped everything and made my way down to the shed – I made sure the cooker was off first!

“After suiting up I made my way to the boat, I was feeling excited but slightly nervous too. After slipping our lines, we were off! After we got past the break water and headed south we got the Y Boat underway and began the search, however nothing was found.

"When we got back to the station, I realised I had managed to lock my wife Ashleigh out of the house as she was walking the dog at the time I left and I presumed she had her key with her!

“I have always wanted to join the RNLI as it is a worthwhile cause and gives you the chance to help people in need. I am also fond of the sea and love boats so I jumped at the chance to learn new skills and be part of such a professional team.”

Martyn Simpson, Coxswain Mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat, said: “It’s great to have Michael on the crew. He has trained hard over the past few months, especially through these unusual times when we’re having to adapt the way we train, and it was really good for him to get his first shout so soon to put all that training into reality.”

RNLI Peterhead’s volunteer crew remains fully on call during the current COVID-19 pandemic but have had to adapt to new regulations to safely comply with Government Guidelines.

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Notes to editors

Peterhead lifeboat station has been operating since 1865.There have been two stations. The first established in 1865 and closed in 1928 and the present station established in 1912. To learn more about the station, go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/peterhead-lifeboat-station

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Peterhead Lifeboat and Y Boat conduct search

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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