Lifeboats News Release

At 1.15pm today, Monday 21 March, the RNLI’s Buckie Lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard to assist a 16-metre motor cruiser which had lost steering whilst on passage to Inverness as part of a longer voyage to Wales.

The 16-metre motor cruiser was taken in tow of the mouth of the River Spey

RNLI/Davie Grant

The 16-metre motor cruiser was taken in tow of the mouth of the River Spey

The station’s Severn-class ‘William Blannin’ immediately put to sea and, on arrival on scene off Spey Bay, coxswain Stuart Mack assessed that the cruiser would require to be towed to the nearest safe harbour – Buckie.

In favourable conditions, the lifeboat’s volunteer crew quickly transferred a towline and bridle to the casualty vessel and began a steady tow back to base. The two vessels re-entered Buckie Harbour around 2.40pm and the lifeboat was ready for further service by around 3.50pm.

Coxswain Stuart Mack says: “In the prevailing conditions, this was a relatively straightforward recovery. I would like to record our thanks to Buckie Harbour staff who came down to handle lines when we brought the casualty vessel alongside.”

Safe home: RNLB William Blannin shortens the tow as she brings the casualty vessel alongside in Buckie

RNLI/Terry McNeill

Safe home: RNLB William Blannin brings the casualty vessel alongside in Buckie

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