Young boys and girls of the Kininmonth Youth Club visited the Fraserburgh lifeboat station and met with Coxswain Victor Sutherland and some of the lifeboat crew.
Cox Sutherland told them the story of the Fraserburgh lifeboats and was amazed when some of the youngsters correctly guessed that the lifeboat had to be at sea within 10 minutes of the crew’s pagers going off, that the cost of the current lifeboat was £2,800,000, and that the Lady Rothes - a previous lifeboat - had been named after a survivor of the Titanic. This had came about when Thomas Dyer-Edwards whose daughter Noel Lucy, who was the Countess of Rothes had been saved by a lifeboat aboard the Titanic, 100 years ago this month. He was so grateful that he bought Fraserburgh its first motorised lifeboat in 1915. At that time, it cost a whopping £3,000.
Cox Sutherland showed the youngsters aged between 5 and 10 what happens when the pagers go off and everyone timed crewman William McDonald getting his rescue gear and equipment on in 36 seconds.
The highlight of any trip is a look around the boat, including a walk around the deck, a chance to go up to view the controls on the bridge and seeing the ultra modern search and rescue equipment in the crews cabin and below deck.