Chopper waters for Fraserburgh RNLI

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Fraserburgh RNLI held a daring joint training exercise which seen crew members dangling from a helicopter above the North Sea.

The Broch Lifeboat crew, alongside other teams from Macduff and Buckie held training operations with an SAR helicopter which involved winching crewmen to and from the helicopter.

Victor Sutherland, coxswain of Fraserburgh RNLI, said: “We did a lot of winching with the chopper.

“We do helicopter transfers from being on each of the lifeboats.”

The practice operations are to ensure that crew members get the training needed to transport themselves and members of the public to and from the lifeboats in case of an emergency.

Mr Sutherland said: “It’s good to utilise this incase we have an emergency on the lifeboat and have to transfer a person quickly to shore.

“The crew need to know what to do if we ever have to do it for real.”

The training exercise, which took place on Sunday, also saw crew members deal with man overboard situations, stretchers between lifeboats and towing each others lifeboats.

Mr Sutherland said: “The most important thing is to make sure that we keep the crew safe and get the job done as well.”

The Broch lifeboat crew performed their operations miles out at sea with the Bond Aviation Life and Rescue helicopter and also had an opportunity to train closely with other North-East lifeboat crews in the exercise which they try to perform on an annual basis.

Mr Sutherland said: “We work very closely together and have had several call together over the years.

“It also gives the crew a chance to look at other types of boats.