Fraserburgh RNLI Lifeboat out to small boat which had lost power at Rosehearty

Lifeboats News Release

The Fraserburgh all-weather lifeboat Willie and May Gall was launched at 6.56pm on Monday 19 July after a small 18ft boat had lost power and was drifting near to the rocks beside Rosehearty.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat Crew back at Station after the successful call out.

Full time Coxswain/Mechanic Vic Sutherland and the volunteer crew of Fraserburgh all-weather lifeboat Willie and May Gall was tasked by the UK Coastguard after receiving a phone call that the boat had lost power and was drifting towards rocks.

Coxswain Sutherland and the volunteer crew of mechanic Jason Flett Amy Allan, Stephen Brown, Chay Cumming, Shane Richardson, and Martyn Runcie left Fraserburgh Harbour and proceeded at best speed to the scene of the casualty.

Minutes earlier when paged Vic had just finished a two hour session at the gym and Stephen Brown had actually just cycled out to Rosehearty and back and was just arriving on the outskirts of Fraserburgh when the pager alarms had gone off. Chay was just sitting down to his supper, Amy was working in an office not far from the Lifeboat Station and was the first to arrive and Jason was just about to go out into the bay in his own small boat.

Arriving within sight of the casualty Coxswain Sutherland saw that it was too dangerous to risk taking the lifeboat in closer to reach the powerless vessel and deployed the much smaller XP boat which is kept aboard for occasions like this.

Volunteers Shane Richardson and Stephen Brown safely negotiated the XP boat avoiding many submerged hazards and soon reached the small 18ft boat.

They took the boat with the sole occupant remaining aboard back to the lifeboat. Then the lifeboat took him to Rosehearty harbour where they were met by the local coastguard team.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat returned to station, was washed down and refuelled ready for next service at 9.06pm

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Coxswain Vic Sutherland came straight from gym when paged.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat leaving harbour ten minutes after being paged

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Coastguards watching from the shore about half a mile from Rosehearty

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Shane and Stephen safely negotiated the XP boat and reached the small boat.

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XP Boat and Lifeboat after taking boat and sole occupant to Rosehearty

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