Two men saved from boat

The capsized Welfare off the coast of Fraserburgh
The capsized Welfare off the coast of Fraserburgh

Two men were rescued from a fishing boat that was taking on water in the North Sea by the RNLI off the coast of the Broch.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat “Willie and May Gall” left the harbour at 10.25am on Thursday, March 24.

The boat left at high speed to go the assistance of the two fishermen, whose boat the Welfare FR 379 had started taking on water around five miles off Rattray Head.

Minutes earlier the two man crew of the of the stricken vessel had radioed the Coastguard for help.

The Coastguard had asked local boats the “Phoenix” and the “New Venture” who were in the vicinity to stand by until the lifeboat arrived.

Arriving on the scene, the two men were quickly transferred from their life-raft to the lifeboat and were found to be safe and well.

Once their life-raft had been taken aboard the lifeboat, volunteer crew members Dave Sutherland and Derek Wiseman boarded the XP boat to survey the submerged vessel to assess ways of saving it.

The lifeboat then took the half submerged, capsized vessel under tow and arrived back in Fraserburgh Harbour around 4.30pm.

The volunteer lifeboat crew members and shore helpers then assisted others in helping to lift the Welfare out of the water and on to the pier so damage could be assessed and repaired.

Aboard the lifeboat were volunteer crew members Stephen Brown, William McDonald, Kenneth Ritchie, Dave Sutherland, Derek Wiseman, Nathan Whyte, John Stephen and David Buchan.