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Peterhead RNLI lifeboat tows broken down yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Peterhead RNLI launched their lifeboat The Misses Robertson of Kintail on Sunday 25 June, following reports of a broken down 8-metre sailing boat.

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Peterhead RNLI towing a 8m yacht that suffered engine failure.

The RNLI were tasked by the Coastguard at 7:11pm and made best speed to the location of the striken vessel in the vicinity of Cruden Bay. The casualty vessel had lost power and smoke was coming from the engine.

The Peterhead RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene and the volunteer crew towed the casualty vessel back to the safety of Peterhead Marina. There were two crew on board the casualty vessel and they were safe and had not sustained any injuries.

Mike Dyke, Duty Coxswain at Peterhead RNLI, says: "We were tasked by the UK Coastguard to a broken-down 8m yacht near The Skares Buoy at Cruden Bay with two crew members on board. Due to conditions on-scene it was decided to tow the casualty vessel to the safety of the marina within Peterhead Bay. The lifeboat then returned to the station to was readied for service. We're grateful that the yacht's crew recognised that they were in danger and alerted the UK Coastguard at the earliest opportunity before the situation worsened.

‘If you do get into difficulty when out on the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

The lifeboat was then returned to the station to be made ready for next service.

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· Peterhead RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1865. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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