Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat’s speedy response to report of person in the water
The Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat was launched at 8.25pm on Sunday 6 August following a report of a person in the water.
It turned out to be a false alarm with good intent.
A man had entered the water in an isolated part of Fraserburgh Beach to rescue a seal and when the Coastguard arrived on scene they established that he was safe and well and the lifeboat was stood down.
Fraserburgh Lifeboat full time Coxswain/Mechanic Vic Sutherland praised his crew’s immediate and speedy response to the callout.
‘It was a big relief when we found out that no-one was in trouble in this instance and that the man was found safe and well’ said Vic ‘When you hear that there’s a person in the water at the beach in trouble you fear the worst and you can only pray and hope that you can get there on time. In situations like this every every second counts so I’m really pleased at how quickly and safely our crew of volunteers responded’
Coxswain/Mechanic Sutherland also commended the concerned and vigilant members of the public who raised the alarm and made the calls when they were worried about the man in the water.
‘If you’re in any kind of doubt at all we’d always rather you make the call and we can go and check it out. Seconds can make the difference in situations like this and its better to be safe than sorry’
'It is often down to the vigilance of the public, calling 999 when they see someone in trouble, that we are able to save lives at sea'
‘If you do get into difficulty or see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Notes to editors
· Fraserburgh lifeboat station has been operating since 1858. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/fraserburgh-lifeboat-station
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