Lifeboat in action after alarm raised

Fraserburgh Lifeboat responded immediately to a report by a member of the public that three people had been cut off by the tide on the rocks West of Pennan on Monday afternoon.

Within minutes of their pagers going off, the volunteer crew had launched the Fraserburgh RNLI Lifeboat the ‘Willie and May Gall’.

Coxswain Victor Sutherland was at the helm of the Trent class vessel, which left the harbour at high speed with Duty Mechanic Iain Milne, 2nd Mechanic David Buchan and crew members Jason Flett, Stephen Watt, Barry Pitchford, Chay Cumming and Stephen Brown aboard.

Two members of crew had donned dry suits and the on board inflatable XP 9 boat was made ready in advance of a possible shoreline search

The Rescue 137 helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and the Macduff Inshore Lifeboat were also scrambled to the scene.

Travelling at 25 knots, they were soon on the scene where the three people were reported as being safe and well - and unaware of the fuss.

“It turned out to be a false alarm with good intent,” said Coxswain Victor Sutherland.

“It’s always good to know that the public are vigilant while enjoying our beautiful coastline.

“It is always good to be safe rather than sorry.

“If in doubt notify the coastguard as early as possible,” the Coxswain added.

A number of photographs of the call-out are available on the Fraserburgh Lifeboat Facebook page, a link to which can be found at the Fraserburgh Herald Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FraserburghHerald.

This month has also seen the Fraserburgh RNLI complete a man overboard scenario training exercise and a casualty
exercise.

At the turn of the month, on July 31, the ‘Willie and May Gall’ towed the fishing vessel Sunrise back to Fraserburgh, five miles North-east of where it had suffered machinery failure.

Following the incident, the Lifeboat, which was called out at 8:40pm was then ready for service once more at
10:30pm.