RNLI Peterhead received their first call out of 2021 on Jan 1st, just after 2pm.
The volunteer’s pagers sounded just as some were sitting down to a New Year’s dinner. Instead of tucking in to their meals, the crew rushed to Peterhead Harbour to assist a vessel that was taking on water.
Tasked by HM Coastguard, the Misses Robertson of Kintail was launched to help in any way possible.
Coastguard teams from Peterhead and Cruden Bay assisted The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with pumping out the vessel while the crew at Peterhead Lifeboat provided safety cover. The water ingress was traced to an issue onboard and once this was fixed and the water pumped out, the vessel corrected its list and all teams were stood down.
The Misses Robertson of Kintail returned to berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service.
It wasn’t only the first shout of 2021, but also David Weir’s first shout as Coxswain.
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