Two launches for lifeboat

ARBROATH RNLI had a busy weekend after being called to deal with two separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday.

The first occurred on Saturday afternoon and resulted in the inshore lifeboat, Duncan Ferguson being diverted from an exercise.

Having launched on exercise at 1.45 p.m., reports came through shortly after that a man had been spotted cut off by the tide at an area of cliffs known as Steeple Rock.

The crew quickly arrived at the scene and were able to transfer the man to safety onshore.

In the second incident the all-weather lifeboat RNLB Inchcape was launched at 11.50 p.m. on Saturday night.

This was after a small fishing boat got into difficulty seven and a half nautical miles north east of Arbroath.

The lone crewman had issued a mayday call and fired off two red flares after his boat began taking on water.

Several other vessels were in the area at the time and the vessel Energy Lord assisted until the lifeboat arrived.

Upon arrival at the scene, two volunteer crew members from the lifeboat boarded the fishing boat with a salvage pump and began pumping water from the vessel.

After a towline was established, the fishing boat was then brought back to Arbroath harbour under tow by the lifeboat, arriving at approximately 3.45 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Tayside Fire and Rescue were in attendance at the harbour to offer further assistance in pumping water from the fishing boat.

Once on shore a lifeboat crew member carried out further medical checks on the fishing boat crew man and he was subsequently transferred to the care of ambulance staff and released thereafter.