Early Alarm Call for RNLI Buckie Lifeboat
Pagers woke the crew of RNLI Buckie’s volunteer lifeboat at 6.40am this morning, with the lifeboat heading out to sea shortly after 6.50am.
An 18ft fishing boat had suffered engine failure and called for help, drifting about 2.5 miles northeast of Portnockie. Making the best speed in excellent conditions, Buckie’s Severn-class ‘William Blannin’ approached the victim just 20 minutes later at around 7.10am.
Coxswain Mike Rennie said: “Both crew members were wearing life jackets and appeared to be well equipped. Their mechanical breakdown meant a tow to the nearest safe port, Portnockie, was required.
Approaching Portnockie it was clear that shallow water at low tide would prevent access to the 40 ton Severn. Helmsman Rennie therefore planned to deploy the inflatable Y-boat to take charge of the last 200 meters of towing to port. In the event. This was unnecessary: a local boat, the ‘Westward’, was leaving the harbor as the lifeboat approached and offered to tow the injured man.
“I would like to thank our crew of volunteers for their quick turnaround and professional service,” says coxswain Mike Rennie, “and also thank the crew of ‘Westward’ for their assistance in the final stages.
The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service on the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
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