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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat launches to yacht with no fuel and exhausted crewman

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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat launched to a yacht with no fuel and exhausted crewman 17NM East of Peterhead.

Yacht Saorsa under tow

RNLI/David Anderson

Yacht Saorsa under tow

The RNLI Peterhead Tamar Lifeboat ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’ was requested to launch by UK Coastguard on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 1pm with its volunteer crew, to assist a 7M yacht ‘Saorsa’ with one person on board, drifting 17 NM East of Peterhead.

The yacht was on passage from Denmark to the Firth of Tay. The sailor was exhausted after battling poor weather for a number of days, and had run out of fuel for his engine.

The lifeboat took the casualty in tow for over three hours, and recovered it to Peterhead marina. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to its berth at Peterhead Harbour, at 6.35 pm. The sea conditions were 1.5M - 2M swell, and wind was S by W 14 – 20 Knots. Visibility was excellent.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to join the fund raising team, and 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

Lifeboat & Saorsa preparing to enter Marina

RNLI/David Anderson

Lifeboat & Saorsa preparing to enter Marina
Lifeboat and Saorsa entering Peterhead Marina

RNLI/David Anderson

Lifeboat and Saorsa entering Peterhead Marina

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