Lifeboat aids stricken yacht

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PETERHEAD Lifeboat was called out on Tuesday to assist a disabled yacht with 14 persons on board 2.7 nautical miles east of Peterhead Harbour.

The ‘Tectona’ had suffered engine failure, caused by fuel problems.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at approximately 4.30pm and the yacht was taken in tow and berthed at Peterhead Harbour at approximately 5.10pm.

The sea conditions were reasonably calm, and wind was SW force 2-3.

The 24m, 72-tonne sail training gaff ketch is currently sailing round Britain in a voyage of recovery. The crew were very grateful to the RNLI volunteers for coming to their aid.

Meanwhile, Lifeboats in Scotland launched nearly five times a day during a busy summer for the RNLI, according to figures released by the charity on Wednesday.

The RNLI’s 46 stations in Scotland launched a total of 417 times during the months of June, July, August - an increase of 4% compared with the corresponding period in 2011.

Figures for Peterhead reveal that the all-weather lifeboat was called out twice during the past three months, signficantly down on the seven call-outs for the summer of 2011.

The busiest station in the Summer was Troon with 25 shouts, an increase of three on 2011. The busiest inshore station was Queensferry where the volunteers had 21 shouts, a drop of four compared with 2011.

Paul Jennings, the RNLI’s Divisional Inspector for Scotland, said: ‘Once again our volunteer lifeboat crews in Scotland have shown that they are committed and courageous individuals, on stand by to save lives at sea come rain or shine.”