Broch lifeboat rescues couple on drifting yacht

Broch Lifeboat rescues stricken yacht at Rattrey Head (PICTURE: KENNETH RITCHIE)
Broch Lifeboat rescues stricken yacht at Rattrey Head (PICTURE: KENNETH RITCHIE)

Fraserburgh Lifeboat were called to the rescue of a couple yesterday afternoon after their yacht broke down near Rattray Head.

Jayne and Trevor Womersley alerted the Coastguard at 1.10 pm to say that their yacht Juela had developed fuel problems and the engine had broken down.

Fraserburgh RNLI were dispatched to the scene and were able to tow the stricken vessel to the marina in Peterhead.

Ms Womersley said that the couple had been concerned when they lost power and began to drift a couple of miles from the beach at Rattray.

She said: ““I’ve never been so relieved as I was when I saw the lifeboat speeding towards us, I knew then that everything was going to be okay.”

A spokesman for Fraserburgh RNLI said that Jayne had been very impressed with the Broch Lifeboat crew.

He said: “Jayne was also full of praise for Coxswain Vic Sutherland’s boat handling skills and the way he was able to manoeuvre the lifeboat so close to their yacht to set up the tow and guiding them in to the Marina.

“The volunteer crew members also came in for praise from Jayne who thought they were very professional in everything they did and made her and her husband feel very safe.”

Fraserburgh Lifeboat left Peterhead Marina after a pit stop and arrived back in the Broch at 5.20 pm.