Peterhead RNLI crew at sea for 12 hours after fishing vessel raises alarm

The Peterhead RNLI crew was at sea for twelve hours last week to assist a fishing vessel following a Mayday call.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 11:35 am
The Peterhead lifeboat escorts the fishing vessel 'Consortium' Pic: RNLI

On Thursday (April 1), HM Coastguard requested the lifeboat's assistance after a fishing vessel began taking on water taking on water 85 nautical miles to the north east of Peterhead.

The Misses Robertson of Kintail and her volunteer crew departed at 10:40pm and arrived on the scene at 2:05 am.

However, FV Consortium was under her power by that time, having halted the ingress to the engine room with assistance from vessels in the area, including FV Liberty and the Vos Seeker and two SAR helicopters from Aberdeen and Shetland.

The UK Coastguard requested Peterhead Lifeboat to take over as escort vessel from the Fishery Protection vessel Hirta for the long seven and a half hours journey back to port, arriving in Peterhead Harbour at 10:33am.

On seeing the Consortium tied up, The Misses Robertson of Kintail was refuelled and made ready for service again once again.

Coxswain Pat Davidson thanked the crew for their response and to the others who helped in readying the boat for service on return.

Crew member Sarah Patterson added: “It was a long shout, and thankfully all turned out well. We were glad to escort the Consortium and crew back to Peterhead.”