Relief lifeboat gets first shout

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ARBROATH’S relief lifeboat had to be launched yesterday (Thursday) night to go to the aid of a boat that was being towed.

The RNLB ‘Fisherman’s Friend’ is being temporarily stationed in the town while the ‘Inchcape’ undergoes repairs.

And on Thursday at around 11.15 p.m., the Fisherman’s Friend received its first shout requesting help to tow a boat that had caught fire.

Earlier in the evening, the eight metre long clinker style vessel, had been rescued by the crew of Dunbar lifeboat and was being towed to Arbroath Harbour, which is its new home.

However, the Coastguard requested that the Arbroath lifeboat take over the towing of the vessel and Coxwain Tommy Yule and his crew met up with the Dunbar lifeboat three miles south of the Bell Rock, around 14 miles out to sea.

Fortunately a calm night and calm seas made it a simple operation for both of the well trained crews.

The stricken vessel was safely moored in the harbour during the early hours of Friday morning, where it now awaits repair.