Brownies pay a visit to lifeboat station

THANKS!: The 1st Rosehearty Brownies take a tour of the Lifeboat Station.
THANKS!: The 1st Rosehearty Brownies take a tour of the Lifeboat Station.

The 1st Rosehearty Brownies visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station recently where they met the crew and were shown around the station and the lifeboat.

Coxswain Victor Sutherland told the Brownies stories ab out all the different Fraserburgh lifeboats throughout the years and then introduced the members of the crew who took them around the station and lifeboat in three smaller groups.

The Brownies tried on some of the older style lifejackets and were then shown how the latest style of lifejacket inflated itself when crew member Graeme Campbell gave a demonstration.

Fraserburgh’s Lifeboat recently received new lifejackets, with all 45 lifeboat stations in Scotland due to receive innovative, new life jackets in the coming months.

It will cost between £2,000 and £4,500 at the majority of the RNLI’s stations in Scotland to equip the volunteers with the new life jackets. However, the exact figure depends on each station’s individual, operational requirements.

All the Brownies called out the time when Kira Downie showed how quickly a crew member can get dressed in their lifesaving uniform and equipment when they arrive at the station after getting a call on their pager.

The highlight for most was their trip around the lifeboat

After climbing up the steps all the way to the bridge, Coxswain Sutherland pointed out all the controls in the cabin, with all the electronic equipment and the special computerized seats.

He then showed the brownies down to the survivors room below deck, where the crew look after people who are rescued.

On deck, the Brownies were amazed and delighted when crew members Stephen Brown and Shane Richardson jumped into the harbour to create a man overboard scenario and were winched aboard.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening and gave the crew a richly deserved very special Brownie thank you.

The station will play host to Fraserburgh Ladies Lifeboat Guild this afternoon, with the guild celebrating its 75th anniversary. Members old and new are asked to get in contact with the station for details.

Now known as the fundraising branch, they are encouraging new members to get involved by contacting the Lifeboat Station on 01346 515162.