A dramatic rescue by members of Fraserburgh Lifeboat has been highlighted in a prestigious RNLI calendar for 2012.
In November, 2010, the volunteer crew members of the Fraserburgh Lifeboat, ‘The Willie and May Gall’, responded swiftly to a call out after reports of a man in difficulties in the water at the local harbour.
Arriving at the station within minutes of their pagers going off, Coxswain Victor Sutherland instructed Jason Flett and Chay Cumming to don their dry suits and launched the lifeboat immediately, setting off for the South Harbour.
Once on scene, the two young volunteers, secured by safety lines held by their fellow crew members on-board the lifeboat, entered the water and swam towards the unnamed man who, by now, had been in the water for a considerable amount of time and whose condition was rapidly deteriorating.
Jason and Chay provided immediate assistance, securing the man in a harness and completing the rescue by seeing him winched aboard the lifeboat and then transferred to dry land to begin his recovery.
In 2011, professional photographer Nigel Millard was commissioned to produce a calendar featuring staged reconstructions of 12 dramatic RNLI rescues from all over the British Isles which had happened during the previous 12 months.
When he heard of the Jason and Chay’s part in the dramatic Fraserburgh rescue, he made contact with the local station to organise a photo session to re-construct the rescue.
It appears on the September page of this year’s RNLI calendar along with the details of the rescue.