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Arbroath RNLI in tombstoning teens rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath RNLI lifeboats launched around 7:05pm yesterday evening (19 June) following reports of two people stuck at the base of Arbroath cliffs.

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Arbroath's all-weather & inshore lifeboats returning to harbour

The two were part of a group of teenagers that had been ‘tombstoning’ near the Horseshoe cave when they found themselves stuck on rocks and unable to get to safety.

Having been tasked by HM Coastguard, the volunteer RNLI crews arrived quickly on scene and were able to extract the teens from the cliffs on board the inshore lifeboat ‘Robert Fergusson’, before transferring them to the all-weather lifeboat ‘Inchcape’ for transit back to Arbroath harbour.

Lifeboat operations manager, Alex Smith, said “We’re extremely lucky to have this coastline on our doorstep and everyone should enjoy it. However, it can also be a very dangerous place and it’s essential that people think about the possible dangers and properly plan ahead. We want everyone to be in a position to make better, more informed choices to keep themselves and others safe.”

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