Fraserburgh RNLI Lifeboat rescue a man from the rocks at Rosehearty

Lifeboats News Release

The Fraserburgh all-weather lifeboat Willie and May Gall was launched at 3.36pm on Tuesday 29 June after initial reports that a small boat had ran aground on rocks near Rosehearty.

RNLI/Billy Watson

Fraserburgh Lifeboat Crew

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 a member of the public on the shore had seen the small boat with one person aboard get into difficulties.

Coxswain Sutherland and the volunteer crew of mechanic Shane Richardson, Stephen Brown, Jason Flett, AJ Morgan, Dave Sutherland and Nathan Whyte left Fraserburgh Harbour and proceeded at best speed to the scene of the casualty.

On route they were further informed that the sole occupant had abandoned the small boat and had scrambled on to the rocks which were around a quarter mile from the shore.

Arriving within sight of the casualty Coxswain Sutherland saw that it was too dangerous to risk taking the lifeboat closer to reach the man on the rocks and therefore despatched the much smaller XP boat which is kept aboard for occasions like this.

Volunteers AJ Morgan and Jason Flett safely negotiated the XP boat avoiding many submerged hazards and soon reached the man on the rocks and quickly took him aboard and back to safety.

They took him back to the lifeboat and wrapped him in a blanket and gave him water. Then the lifeboat took him to Rosehearty harbour where they were met by the local coastguard team.

Attempts to remove the small vessel from the rocks proved unsuccessful and the lifeboat returned to station where she was washed down and made ready for service again at 6.25pm.

RNLI/A J Morgan

Fraserburgh Lifeboat Crew get the XP Boat ready

RNLI/A J Morgan

Negotiating XP Boat around rocks

RNLI/A J Morgan

View from XP Boat approaching casualty on the rocks

RNLI/Shane Richardson

XP Boat reaches casualty on the rocks

RNLI/Billy Watson

Returning to lifeboat with casualty on XP boat

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