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Arbroath lifeboats launched in early morning cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath’s RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched early on Sunday morning (6th March), following reports of a person in difficulty at Arbroath cliffs.

Arbroath RNLI

File photo of Arbroath ILB

The volunteer crew were paged at around 3.30 am and launched both lifeboats to join HM Coastguard - Angus & Dundee and Police Scotland in a search of the town’s cliffs.

Using searchlights and illuminating parachute flares, the casualty, who had been cut off by tide at Whiting Ness, was quickly spotted by the RNLI crew on board the inshore lifeboat.

Cold, but otherwise unharmed, the casualty was taken on board the inshore lifeboat and transferred to the warmth of the all-weather lifeboat’s wheelhouse, before being taken back to the safety of Arbroath Harbour to be checked over by paramedics.

Arbroath RNLI coxswain, Michael Marr, said “Thankfully this incident had a positive ending, however if you are heading out to enjoy the coastline always be sure to check the tide times and think about how this might affect you. Even in good conditions the sea can easily catch you out.”

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