Lifeboat called out for ill man

RESCUE: 'The Willie and May Gall' was called out on Tuesday.
RESCUE: 'The Willie and May Gall' was called out on Tuesday.

The Fraserburgh Lifeboat was launched late on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15pm to go to the assistance of a crewman who had fallen ill aboard the oil tanker Aberdeen which was lying 18 miles West-northwest (WNW) of Fraserburgh.

With Coxswain Vic Sutherland at the helm, “Gipper” Ainslie as mechanic and volunteer crew members David Sutherland, Iain Milne, Amy Allan, Stephen Brown and Lorne Noble aboard the Broch lifeboat headed into a stiff breeze and punched its way through 2.5 metre waves.

As the lifeboat was being launched the tanker lifted its anchor and headed towards meeting the rescue vessel at a point 15 miles WNW of Fraserburgh.

The casualty was quickly and safely seated in the wheelhouse and, on arrival back in Fraserburgh, was transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.