Pride of Aberdeen for Rosehearty hero

Charlie McDonald with comedian Fred MacAuley at the Pride of Aberdeen Awards
Charlie McDonald with comedian Fred MacAuley at the Pride of Aberdeen Awards

A Rosehearty deckhand has won a Pride of Aberdeen Award at a red carpet event on Saturday after he saved the lives of two men while at sea.

Charlie McDonald received the Search and Rescue Award for saving the lives of Paul Buchan in June and Martin Bruce in 2001.

On receiving his award Mr McDonald said: “It is something that me an my wife will remember forever.

“It was a great night.”

Mr McDonald was presented with his award by comedian Fred MacAuley and there was music from Heather Smalls from M People and the Bay City Rollers at the AECC event.

Paul Buchan and his family were also in attendance at the awards show alongside Mr McDonald and his family.

Mr McDonald said: “They got Paul out onto the front of the stage with me and we got a standing ovation.

“I had a lump in my throat.”

Mr McDonald was one of two Fraserburgh related nominees as Victor Sutherland and the Fraserburgh RNLI was also nominated in the Search and Rescue category alongside the Nepal Fire Fighters.

Both of the other nominees were quick to congratulate Mr McDonald on his award.

Mr McDonald said: “The nice thing about it was that Victor Sutherland came over to my table to congratulate me, it was a really nice gesture.

“The whole crew crew shook my hand, it made it really special - the Nepal Fire Fighters too.”

He added: “It was good that people from this corner made the final three.”

The Pride of Aberdeen Award is something that Mr McDonald says he will “cherish” forever and the night itself will last long in the memory.

Mr McDonald said that he felt like he was “treated like a movie star.”

He added: “It was brilliant.

“Everyone was up dancing and it was a real party atmosphere.”