Twin brothers step down from Fraserburgh Lifeboat after 50 years with the RNLI

Victor and Albert hand over their pagers to Hamish and Stuart
Victor and Albert hand over their pagers to Hamish and Stuart

Two twin brothers have stepped down from their positions at Fraserburgh Lifeboat after spending 50 years with the RNLI.

Albert and Victor Sutherland will step back from their positions of Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) and Deputy Launch Authority (DLA).

The twin brothers first joined Fraserburgh lifeboat in the 1960s with Albert holding the position of coxswain for 15 years with Victor being 2nd coxswain.

The family association with the RNLI will continue however as Victor’s sons Vic and David are the current coxswain and 2nd coxswain respectively, while his grandson Declan has recently joined the crew as a volunteer.

Troup councillor Hamish Partridge will take over from Victor as LOM while Stuart Fenty will replace Albert as DLA.

Hamish said “I am honoured to have been invited to take up the position of Lifeboat Operations Manager for Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.

“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with this role

He added: “I sincerely hope that I can continue the great work that Victor has done during his time as LOM and I look forward to working closely with the dedicated crew of Fraserburgh Lifeboat as well as the RNLI.”

A spokesperson for Fraserburgh Lifeboat said: “With around a century of lifeboat service between them the brothers have made a tremendous contribution to the RNLI and saving lives at sea.

“We can only thank them and be grateful for their dedication and professionalism and help they have given to others through the years.”

Victor and Albert handed over their pagers to their successors, Hamish and Stuart, on Tuesday afternoon at the harbour.