RNLI Longhope lifeboat called out on service at Aberdeen harbour.

Lifeboats News Release

Being in the area the lifeboat requested to return to port and participate in ongoing search.

RNLI Longhope lifeboat (right) with RNLI Aberdeen lifeboat in Aberdeen Harbour before call out.

RNLI/Steve Rhodes

RNLI Longhope lifeboat (right) with RNLI Aberdeen lifeboat in Aberdeen Harbour

Longhope lifeboat was just leaving Aberdeen harbour this morning on passage to RNLI Poole in Dorset when at 8.54am, the crew were tasked by UK Coastguards to return into the port.

A concerned member of the public had alerted the police that they had seen an unknown object drifting down the River Dee towards the sea.

RNLI Longhope all-weather lifeboat with RNLI Aberdeen D class lifeboat and various local vessels, searched the appropriate areas of the River Dee and outer harbour waters to no avail. At 9.45am the lifeboat was stood down and the search was abandoned.

Coxswain of Longhope lifeboat, Kevin Kirkpatrick said ‘With all the recent heavy rain and high winds there was a fair amount of debris and logs being carried down the river which could easily have be mistaken for something more serious. Thankfully this time it was a false alarm. However it is very important for members of the public to contact the emergency services immediately if they think they have seen anything suspicious in the water or have seen anyone in difficulties along the shore. Just call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

The lifeboat then carried on with their passage to RNLI HQ at Poole where the lifeboat is due for routine maintenance checks.



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