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Busy period for Arbroath lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy period for the lifeboat crew volunteers at Arbroath RNLI, with both lifeboats launching three times in four days.

ALB & Coastguard Helicopter during missing person search

RNLI/Rod McLean

ALB & Coastguard Helicopter
At 4am on Saturday morning (12th August) both lifeboats were launched to assist Police Scotland and UK Coastguard in a search for a missing male.
A UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter was despatched from Inverness and arrived on scene before being stood down shortly after along with all other search crews when the male was found safe and well.
On Sunday afternoon (13th August) the lifeboats were launched after a small pleasure craft broke down close to Auchmithie.
A request for assistance was received from UK Coastguard at 4pm and after arriving on scene the inshore lifeboat crew escorted the casualty vessel safely into Auchmithie harbour.
Both lifeboats were launched again on Tuesday afternoon (15th August) at 4.40pm after the propellers of a small motor boat had become entangled in rope approximately 2.1 miles south east of Arbroath harbour.
Once on scene the stricken vessel was taken under tow by the all-weather lifeboat and brought safely back into harbour at around 6pm
ALB alongside motor boat before tow

RNLI/Rod McLean

On scene with motor boat

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