A seafaring dog and his owner were rescued by the Fraserburgh lifeboat crew when their yacht got into difficulty late last night.
Experienced yachtsman Anthony Train, 60, was sailing from Peterhead to Orkney with his canine companion Sniffy when they got into trouble 50 miles out to sea around 10 pm on Monday June 27.
A spokesperson for Fraserburgh Lifeboat said: “The volunteer crew members of the Fraserburgh lifeboat responded quickly when their pagers went off late on Monday night.
“After the Coastguard had received an emergency call for help from a yacht 50 miles out to sea the Fraserburgh lifeboat Willie and May Gall was launched at 10.00pm on Monday 27th June.”
Mr Train had contacted the Coastguard after the rudder on his Kingfisher 20 yacht, the Francis Prowd, began to malfunction and the steering no longer worked.
The Fraserburgh lifeboat crew returned to port at 5.20 am this morning with the disabled yacht in tow.
A spokesperson for Fraserburgh Lifeboat said that Mr Train had been “amazed” at how quickly the crew had gotten to him.
The spokesperson said: “With Coxswain Vic Sutherland, Mechanic Shane Richardson and volunteer crew-members Kenneth and Marten Ritchie, Derek Wiseman, Stephen Brown and Nathan Whyte aboard, the lifeboat left the harbour at high speed and Anthony was very impressed with the speed of their response.”