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Fraserburgh RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to medical evacuation.

Lifeboats News Release

Fraserburgh RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew responded quickly when their pagers were activated following an emergency call from the skipper of a nearby fishing vessel who had taken ill.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat on its way pick up ill fisherman heading up channel in harbour heading towards bay and rising sun.

RNLI/Billy Watson

Fraserburgh Lifeboat on its way pick up ill fisherman

With Coxswain Vic Sutherland at the helm, and volunteer crew members Stephen Brown, Declan Sutherland, Nathan Whyte, Derek Wiseman, Mechanic Kenneth Ritchie and Lifeboat Operations Manager Hamish Partridge aboard the Trent Class Fraserburgh lifeboat Willie and May Gall left the harbour at full speed.

They were soon alongside the fishing boat and taking the casualty on board before speedily returning to Fraserburgh and transferring him to a waiting ambulance.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat in Fraserburgh Bay in silhouette and backlit on a steel grey sea and an orange sky. Skyline of Inverallochy village in the background across the bay.

RNLI/Stuart Fenty

Fraserburgh Lifeboat in Fraserburgh Bay
Fraserburgh Lifeboat alongside fishing vessel in open sea.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat alongside fishing vessel
Fraserburgh Lifeboat returns to port with casualty on board at high speed

RNLI/Stuart Fenty

Fraserburgh Lifeboat returns to port with casualty on board
Fraserburgh Lifeboat fills the frame going at high speed with 2 volunteer crewmen on deck.

RNLI/Stuart Fenty

Fraserburgh Lifeboat with casualty on board heading for RNLI station where ambulance was waiting
The casualty was immediately transferred to a waiting ambulance at the lifeboat berth.

RNLI/Billy Watson

The casualty was immediately transferred to a waiting ambulance at the lifeboat berth.

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