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Early morning call to stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from RNLI Macduff were requested to launch at 4:46 am on Friday 20 October, to assist a yacht which had been involved in a collision with a fishing vessel 4 nautical miles off Macduff.

Yacht Spirit under tow from Macduff Lifeboat Lydia Macdonald in to Macduff Harbour

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Yacht Spirit under tow from Macduff Lifeboat Lydia Macdonald in to Macduff Harbour

The volunteer crew from RNLI Macduff were requested to launch at 4:46 am on Friday 20 October, to assist a yacht which had been involved in a collision with a fishing vessel 4 nautical miles off Macduff.

Lifeboat Lydia Macdonald was launched at 4:57 at the request of HM Coastguard in Aberdeen. The crew of four was on scene with the yacht at 5:15 am where they found that the yacht had sustained damage to her port beam and lost her mast.

After checking that the lone yachtsman and the crew of the fishing vessel were not injured and did not require medical attention the yacht was taken under tow to Macduff Harbour.

The fishing vessel had sustained minimal damage and was able to continue on her way to her destination.

On arrival at Macduff the yacht was moored up and the yachtsman was passed in to the care of the local HM Coastguard station.

The lifeboat was recovered at 7:25 am, washed, refuelled and was ready for service at 8 am.

Notes for editors

  • RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew.
  • Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise.

RNLI media contacts: 


Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366 mike_rawlins@rnli.org.uk 


Or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Yacht Spirit in Macduff Harbour with RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald and the Sea Helper pilot boat

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Yacht Spirit in Macduff Harbour with RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald and the Sea Helper pilot boat
Picture showing Yacht Spirit with damage to the port beam. Yachtsman and RNLI crew member on board

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Yacht Spirit with damage to the port beam

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