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Fraserburgh RNLI launches to fishing vessel in 12-hour shout

Lifeboats News Release

Fraserburgh RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a fishing vessel suffering from engine trouble 40-miles out at sea.

Stephen Hadden

Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat crew after the shout
The Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat, Willie and May Gall, launched at 12.28pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 November) and made best speed to the casualty vessel.

The 19-metre fishing vessel with crew onboard was 40-miles from shore when it got into difficult. Before the lifeboat crew arrived on the scene, another passing fishing vessel had stopped in an attempt to help the casualty vessel.

Due to the sea conditions, the Coxswain deemed it unsafe to evacuate the people on board and the decision to attach a tow was made. The crew then made the long journey back to Fraserburgh Harbour and arrived back safely at 00.34am.

The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready for next service by 1.20am on Thursday morning.

Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic, Vic Sutherland praised his crew and said: ‘We're all pleased that we've had a good outcome in challenging conditions and everyone is safe and well.’

Notes to editors

· Fraserburgh lifeboat station has been operating since 1858. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Stephen Hadden

Due to the sea conditions, the Coxswain deemed it unsafe to evacuate the people on board and the decision to attach a tow was made.

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