Peterhead Lifeboat launches to assist 11-meter yacht with engine trouble
Aberdeen Coastguard requested Peterhead RNLI to assist a yacht with reported engine troubles to safety on Tuesday 15th June.
The Misses Robertson of Kintail and volunteer crew, with Coxswain Pat Davidson, arrived on the scene just off Skerry Rock at 16:27. However, after establishing contact with the vessel and the harbour, it was agreed that the yacht should continue under sail into the port, while the lifeboat stood by with the tow rope set up in case needed.
Once through the breakwaters, the yacht then started its engines to complete entry to the Marina. At this point, the lifeboat deployed its Y boat daughter craft as a contingency to pass a line should it be needed. However, the yacht and skipper made their way unaided into the marina to be met by marina staff to assist with mooring before having a well-earned cup of tea.
Crew Member Sean Lawrence added, "We launched to assist a yacht that had reported engine problems, but thankfully our services weren't required as the skipper managed to make his way under sail through the breakwaters. I was part of the Y boat crew, our instructions were to shadow the yacht and be prepared to pass a rope should the lifeboat need to establish a tow if the yacht's engines failed while entering the Marina."
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.