Lifeboat called to assist strichen yacht

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Members of the Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew responded quickly on Sunday evening to a request from the Coastguard to go to the assistance of a yacht that had got into difficulties just off the coast of St Combs.

Within ten minutes of the crew’s pagers going off, Coxswain Victor Sutherland had launched the ‘Willie and May Gall’ and, with mechanic Ian Milne and crew members Kira Downie, John May, Amy Millar, Barry Pitchford and Stephen Watt aboard, he left harbour at full speed - wasting no time in arriving at the scene seven miles from Fraserburgh.

The Edinburgh-based yacht, Moonstruck, a 40-feet Rounautica 400, had left Peterhead with skipper Gordon Lawson and crew members Ian Wurmald, Curtis Kear and Richard Lurd on board.

They were en route for Inverness when they suffered engine failure as they were passing Rattray Head and, with no wind, they were unable to head for safety.

On arrival at the scene, two RNLI crew members transferred onto the yacht to assist in rigging the tow.

Afterwards, the lifeboat was able to successfully tow the stricken vessel back to the safety of Fraserburgh’s harbour, where she tied up for the night.

Members of the two crews used the opportunity to get together for tea and coffee back at the lifeboat station.