Lifeboat call-outs

ARBROATH lifeboat had its first call-out of 2011 on Saturday evening and followed that up with a second early on Tuesday morning.

Both lifeboats, RNLB ‘Inchcape’ and ILB ‘Duncan Ferguson’ were launched at 5.06 p.m. on Saturday when reports were received of a local speedboat being disabled about half a mile off Whiting Ness.

There were two persons on board. The skipper had been able to drop anchor and there were no injuries.

The inshore boat retrieved the anchor after which the casualty was towed back to harbour by ‘Inchcape’.

The lifeboats were back on station by 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, both lifeboats were again launched, but RNLB ‘Inchcape’ was quickly recalled.

ILB ‘Duncan Ferguson’ headed for Carlinheugh Bay to assist Montrose and Arbroath Coastguards and the Scottish Ambulance Service in recovering a casualty camping there who had been taken unwell.

The ILB, crewed by Neil Swankie, helmsman; Allan Russell, Keith Swankie and Michael Marr, assisted the casualty who was taken to Arbroath Infirmary.

It returned to station at 8.15 a.m.