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Fraserburgh RNLI called out to fishing vessel with engine trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Fraserburgh Lifeboat was launched at 5.40pm on Sunday 24 September 2023 to a report of a fishing boat which had lost power in stormy seas off the Buchan coast of Aberdeenshire.

The 22 metre fishing boat with six crew aboard was approximately 17 miles from shore when it got into difficulty after the engine began to stall and cut out.

The crew were able call for help and the coastguard tasked Fraserburgh Lifeboat

When the Fraserburgh Lifeboat Willie and May Gall arrived on scene the crew of the fishing vessel had managed to restart their engine and were heading towards Fraserburgh Harbour. The lifeboat was able to escort the fishing vessel and the crew were able safely make their way back to port unaided.

The fishing vessel and lifeboat arrived back in Fraserburgh Harbour at 8.30pm.

The crew members of the casualty vessel were all unharmed.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat Duty Coxswain Graeme Duthie praised his crew and said: ‘We’re all pleased that we’ve had a good outcome, and everyone is safe and well and there are no injuries.'

He said that it is important for people to remember that the RNLI is always on call and is ready to assist those in need at sea.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and the crew were debriefed and ready for next service at 9.50pm

The Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew were Duty Coxswain Graeme Duthie, Stuart Ross, Mechanic Chay Cumming, Grant Morrison, Gubby Duncan, Dave Sutherland and Declan Sutherland.

Notes to editors

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

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The Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew were Duty Coxswain Graeme Duthie, Stuart Ross, Mechanic Chay Cumming, Grant Morrison, Gubby Duncan, Dave Sutherland and Declan Sutherland

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat heading up the channel at Fraserburgh Harbour

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Duty Coxswain Graeme Duthie is at the helm of the Trent Class Fraserburgh Lifeboat Willie and May Gall.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat leaving Fraserburgh Harbour heading towards a fishing vessel with engine trouble 17 miles out to sea.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat arriving back at Fraserburgh Harbour having provided an escort for the fishing vessel which made it back to port with out the need for assistance.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat ensuring that the fishing vessel arrived safely at its destination in Fraserburgh Harbour.

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