Peterhead RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of two stranded vessels

A Peterhead RNLI lifeboat crew were called out to go to the aid of two vessels stranded south of Buchanness Lighthouse.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 8:50 am

The rescue took place on Sunday afternoon (February 28).

At 1.58pm, the UK Coastguard contacted RNLI Peterhead after a guard vessel had reported a loss of power while towing an un-crewed fishing vessel.

Peterhead all-weather lifeboat The Misses Robertson of Kintail and her volunteer crew departed at 2,22 pm and made their way to the casualty location, arriving on-site 22 minutes later.

Peterhead lifeboat The Misses Robertson of Kintail was called out to aid two stranded vessels. (Photo: Craig Meheut / RNLI Peterhead)

The crew stood by while the guard vessel tried to restart power. However, with light fading and no significant progress made, the fishing vessel was made ready for the tow back to Peterhead, leaving the guard vessel crew to continue trying a restart.

The Misses Robertson of Kintail arrived back in Peterhead at 4.53 pm, transferring the fishing boat to be towed by a Peterhead Harbour workboat, before heading back to the guard vessel.

By this time, the crew on board the guard vessel had agreed with another fishing vessel a tow back to Peterhead.

The Misses Robertson of Kintail escorted both vessels back to port safely and returned to her berth for 6.20pm.

Commenting on the rescue, Peterhead Coxswain Pat Davidson said: “This was great teamwork in much more favourable conditions than the stations earlier shout in February.”

Peterhead lifeboat station been operating since 1865. The current Peterhead Lifeboat Station, the third built, was opened in 1999 and is staffed by one full-time RNLI employee. The Lifeboat, a Tamar class RNLB Misses Robertson of Kintail, is berthed approximately 100 metres away. To learn more about the station, go to: