A busy end of month for town’s lifeboat

The tiny distress beacon was picked up off the coast of Peterhead.
The tiny distress beacon was picked up off the coast of Peterhead.

The RNLI Peterhead Tamar Lifeboat ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’ launched on Monday, August 31, in what has been a busy end of the month.

The lifeboat launched at around 10pm with its volunteer crew to assist the recovery of a 24-feet dive ship off Rattray Head.

After a request from Aberdeen Coastguard, the lifeboat headed off to assist in the recovery of the dive boat which was believed to have one person on board and had allegedly grounded at Rattray Head.

Fraserburgh lifeboat was also tasked to the rescue.

At 10.30 pm it was established that Fraserburgh lifeboat had managed to secure a tow to the stricken vessel, and Peterhead lifeboat was then stood down.

The lifeboat then returned to its berth at Peterhead Harbour, at 11pm.

The sea conditions were 1-2 M swell, visibility was good and wind was 10-12 knots NW.

Meanwhile, the day before, (Sunday, August 30), the lifeboat was also called out by Aberdeen Coastguard.

The lifeboat launched in afternoon to try and recover the active distress beacon which had fallen off the tanker the Erin Wood from the previous day’s rescue.

The position of the beacon was approximately 8NM off Peterhead.

Although the beacon was tiny in size, it transmits a radio signal which makes it locatable by the radio direction finding capability of the lifeboat.

The tiny beacon was found by the lifeboat after a two-hour search, and the lifeboat then returned to its berth at Peterhead Harbour, at 6pm.

The sea conditions were 1 – 2 M swell, visibility was excellent and wind was 10 knots SE.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to join the fundraising team, and the crew.

If you think you can help raise funds or you have what it takes to be a member of the crew, then contact Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331.