Aberdeen Marine & Coastguard Agency requested the RNLI Peterhead Lifeboat ‘Misses Robertson of Kintail’ to be launched with its voluntary crew on Wednesday, July 9 at 4.40pm to assist three children in difficulty off Fraserburgh beach.
As a result of actions taken by the Fraserburgh lifeboat, the children were recovered just as Peterhead lifeboat left its berth and the lifeboat was stood down.
At 5.40pm the lifeboat was paged for a second time within two hours and launched to a yacht ‘Inchpincher’ with seven persons on board which was dismasted 60 miles offshore East of Peterhead.
The ‘Inchpincher’ had lost its mast around lunch time and had proceeded on its engine until conditions deteriorated, and the skipper decided to call for assistance.
Peterhead lifeboat took just under three hours to reach the casualty, which was then taken in tow back to Peterhead.
The boats arrived back at approximately 4.30am and the ‘Inchpincher’ was then released from the tow, and made its own way into the harbour escorted by the lifeboat.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to its berth at around 5am.
The crew of the rescued yacht were most grateful, and praised the professional and reassuring help that was given them by the RNLI Lifeboat crew, and the Coastguard.
Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to help save lives at sea by joining the fundraising team, or the crew.
If you have some spare time to help fundraise or have what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew, contact the Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331.