Lifeboat called out twice at weekend

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Arbroath’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called into action twice over the weekend, responding to their pagers late on Friday evening and again on Sunday afternoon.

Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched around 10.30pm on Friday (July 1) following reports from a member of the public that someone had entered the water off the town’s cliffs.

A full-scale search of the area was carried out involving the Arbroath lifeboats, HM Coastguard teams and a search and rescue helicopter. All teams were stood down some time later after it became apparent the incident was a false alarm.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that a 32-year-old man has been charged with wasting police time after an incident in Arbroath on Friday, July 1.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

The second call of the weekend came on Sunday afternoon (July 3) at 4.30pm after a request was received to assist a small inflatable craft which had suffered engine trouble close to Auchmithie.

Both lifeboats were again launched and once the craft, which had a single occupant, was located the inshore lifeboat crew escorted it safely into Auchmithie harbour before returning to station.

There were no casualties.