RNLI Peterhead assist in rescue as male falls from cliffs near Slains Castle

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteer Crew at Peterhead Lifeboat were called out on Saturday, May 30 after a man fell from the cliffs at Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay.

RNLI/Stacey Lynch

Rescue after a man falls from the cliffs at Slains Castle

Peterhead’s Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, launched at 3.40pm to assist in the rescue. The multi-agency rescue consisted of Coastguard teams from Peterhead and Cruden Bay, as well as an additional rope rescue team from Stonehaven, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland.

Peterhead Lifeboat’s Y Boat was launched to get closer to the cliffs, however the casualty was evacuated by helicopter and flown directly to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where they were met by the Aberdeen Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat then recovered the Y Boat and made their way back to Peterhead Harbour, returning at 6.35pm.

Martyn Simpson, RNLI Coxswain Mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat Station, said: “Peterhead Lifeboat has launched to two calls at Slains Castle within the last two weeks – it is a beautiful walk but it can also be very dangerous so we would urge everyone to take extra care.

“Our dedicated team of volunteers are always on call but we are asking people to be aware of the inherent risks when walking near the sea or cliffs.”

This is the second launch in two days for the volunteers at Peterhead Lifeboat, as their pagers went off on Friday to assist in an emergency search. The crew assembled and conducted a thorough search of the Sandford Bay and along the coast to the North Head, however nothing was found and the crew were stood down.

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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