Fraserburgh RNLI encounters a pod of dolphins while training in Pennan Bay
Fraserburgh RNLI volunteers were training in Pennan Bay when they were joined by a pod of dolphins.
RNLI volunteers were engaged in several training exercises aboard Fraserburgh lifeboat Willie and May Gall and its XP Boat in Pennan Bay on the evening of 25 May 2023 when they were joined by a pod of dolphins.
Within sight of the picturesque village of Pennan, several miles west of Fraserburgh, nestling under the cliffs which stretch from New Aberdour Bay to Gardenstown, the dolphins swam alongside and underneath the lifeboat in a fabulous aquatic display which lasted around twenty minutes.
The village of Pennan with its iconic telephone box became famous a few years ago as the setting for the Bill Forsyth film “Local Hero”.
During the war the Fraserburgh Lifeboat had a few mercy trips to Pennan with food and supplies when it was cut off by snow for weeks on end.
Vic Sutherland, Fraserburgh RNLI coxswain/mechanic, says: “We occasionally see the odd dolphin or two when we are training but this is the first time we’ve seen so many for such a prolonged time for quite a while.
'It was a fantastic display in such amazing scenery and we’re really pleased to have captured some of them on video.'
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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