RNLI Fraserburgh in Search at St Combs

Lifeboats News Release

Fraserburgh Life Boat Willie & May Gall was tasked at 01.00 Monday 31 May by the UK Coastguard after reports had been received which suggested a man may have entered the water at the beach between Inverallochy and St Combs.

RNLI Fraserburgh Coxswain Vic Sutherland and the volunteer crew comprising of mechanic Chay Cumming, and William McDonald, Shane Richardson, Stuart Ross, Declan Sutherland and Nathan Whyte searched the area thoroughly for an hour, along with the local coastguard team who conducted the search from the beach.

All rescue teams were stood down after the coastguard had been informed through a phone call that the man had been found safe and well at 02.00

Fraserburgh Lifeboat returned to its station, and was washed down and refuelled and ready for next service at 02.30

“While we were all very concerned when the pagers went off so early in the morning, we are all very relieved that everything worked out well and the man was found safe and well” said Fraserburgh Lifeboat full time Coxswain/Mechanic Vic Sutherland

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat heads away from berth

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat heading out to sea

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Coastguard on scene

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat searches in pitch blackness

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Coastguard team after being stood down

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