Peterhead lifeboat launched to the aid of two vessels
Peterhead RNLI were called out on Sunday (28 February) to assist two vessels 6.8 NM miles south of Buchanness Lighthouse.
At 1:58 pm, the UK Coastguard contacted RNLI Peterhead after a guard vessel had reported a loss of power while towing an un-crewed fishing vessel.
Peterhead all-weather lifeboat The Misses Robertson of Kintail and her volunteer crew departed at 2:22 pm and made way to the casualty location, arriving on-site at 2:44 pm.
The crew stood by while the guard vessel tried to restart power. However, with light fading and no significant progress made, the fishing vessel was made ready for the tow back to Peterhead, leaving the guard vessel crew to continue trying a restart.
The Misses Robertson of Kintail arrived back in Peterhead at 4:53 pm, transferring the tow to a Peterhead Harbour workboat, before heading back to the guard vessel, who by this time had agreed with another fishing vessel a tow back to Peterhead.
The Misses Robertson of Kintail escorted both vessels back to port safely and returned to her berth for 6:20 pm
Commenting on the rescue, Peterhead Coxswain Pat Davidson said: ‘This was great teamwork in much more favourable conditions than the stations earlier shout in February.’
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.