RNLI Peterhead launched after EPIRB alert

Lifeboats News Release

Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat was launched today (Tuesday 3 November) to assist in a search following the activation of an EPIRB.

RNLI/Peterhead Lifeboat

The Misses Robertson of Kintail

The Peterhead Tamar class lifeboat RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail was requested to launch at 10.02am following the activation of the EPIRB, which is an emergency device that can be installed on vessels and will send a distress signal to the nearest rescue centre once activated.

Tasked by HM Coastguard, the volunteers at Peterhead Lifeboat swiftly launched and conducted a shore-line search from Peterhead Harbour along the coast to Cruden Bay. The team continued to conduct a thorough search further off the coast back to Peterhead.

With nothing in sight, and no more transmitting picked up from the device, the Lifeboat was stood down.

The Misses Robertson of Kintail returned to berth at 1pm and 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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