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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat launches to search for a missing person from a ferry

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Peterhead Relief Tamar Lifeboat ‘Edward and Barbara Prigmore’ was requested to launch by UK Coastguard on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 11.37 pm with its volunteer crew to a report of a missing person from a ferry traveling from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

AIS showing boats on search

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The lifeboat, and over 30 other vessels conducted a thorough search of the area that the casualty was thought to be in. Fraserburgh lifeboat and a rescue coastguard helicopter also searched the area. A 7 hour search where visibility varied from 50M to 1 mile because of fog banks was conducted and no casualty was found. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to its berth at 7 am. The search was resumed with Peterhead Fraserburgh, Aberdeen lifeboats, and two rescue helicopters form 10 am on Thursday 28 June until 5 pm with no successful outcome. The boat returned to its berth at 6 pm. The sea conditions were 0 to 1.0 M swell, and wind was SSW 6 – 17 Knots. Visibility was poor to good.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to help save lives at sea by joining the fund raising team, or the crew. If you think you have some spare time to help raise funds to save lives at sea, or you have what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew, then please contact us at Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331

Radar on lifeboat showing boats on search

RNLI/David Anderson

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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