Lifeboat called out 50 times already in 2013!

Arbroath's inshore lifeboat the Robert Fergusson.
Arbroath's inshore lifeboat the Robert Fergusson.

The summer months have proved busy for Arbroath’s RNLI crew as last Tuesday marked their 50th call out of the year so far.

The inshore lifeboat Robert Fergusson was asked to assist a 20 foot vessel with two people on board which had broken down approximately one mile off Arbroath harbour.

A request for assistance was received from HM Coastguard at approximately 1.30 p.m. and the volunteer RNLI crew were on scene shortly after.

The lifeboat crew fixed a towline and the stricken boat was towed safely back to harbour.

This year has certainly been a busy one so far with shouts already eclipsing the number of launches throughout the whole of 2012.

Lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, Alex Smith said: “It’s really an indication of how busy our waters are becoming. Of course as the sea becomes more popular, there will inevitably be an increase in the number of incidents that require lifeboat assistance.”