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Buckie Lifeboat aids motor cruiser with engine trouble

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s Buckie Lifeboat was tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard at noon on Thursday 15 September to assist a 10 metre motor cruiser which had been forced to shut down its engine due to overheating.

Having been towed to the harbour mouth, the cruiser was able to restart her engine for long enough to manoeuvre alongside

RNLI/Terry McNeill

Having been towed to the harbour mouth, the cruiser was able to restart her engine for long enough to manoeuvre alongside

The cruiser was located 2 miles north of Spey Bay and was being blown toward the shore by a stiff northerly wind.

The lifeboat made good speed despite the choppy seas and was on scene by 12.30pm.

Coxswain Davie Grant determined that a precautionary tow to the nearest safe harbour was needed, and a towline was passed to the casualty vessel.

Approaching Buckie, the cruiser’s skipper reported that he could re-start his engine for a short period to enter harbour and manoeuvre alongside, if the lifeboat would stand by. The tow was dropped 200 metres from the harbour entrance and the lifeboat escorted the cruiser to a berth at around 1.30pm

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