The Peterhead RNLI crew will be intermittently returning to service next month following intense training of the remaining team.
Volunteers for the lifeboat were stood down earlier this month after disputes among select crew members left them unable to work together and, due to the shortage that caused, forced the charity to halt the service.
Now, the RNLI has vowed it will be giving the volunteers an intense training boost to ensure they can be brought back to action as soon as possible.
It is hoped the Peterhead boat will be back in action during Peterhead Scottish Week which starts July 20, as part of their phased return depending on their training progress.
A spokeswoman for the RNLI said: “We are very grateful to our volunteer crew in Peterhead for their continued commitment to the RNLI and for the skills they bring to providing a lifesaving service to their community.
“We now have a plan in place to provide all crew with an intensive training schedule delivered by RNLI coxswains, who will support local volunteers in their continued training and development in the coming months.
“This training programme will start in July and will ensure as many crew as possible can add to their existing skills, experience and expertise in order to take the lifeboat to sea.
“It includes advancing some of the crew through coxswain and mechanic training.
“This will enable our charity to support the volunteer crew in order to get Peterhead Lifeboat back on service, securing a sustainable service for the local community.
“In the short term, though, we will aim to provide an intermittent lifeboat service from Peterhead, with on-service periods increasing in frequency as crew training and availability progresses.
“We would like to be in a position to have the Peterhead Lifeboat available for service during Peterhead’s Scottish Week, as part of the intermittent return to service, and we hope that the community will come out in force to show their support for their volunteer lifeboat crew.
“While the Peterhead lifeboat is off-service, lifesaving cover will continue to be provided by flanking RNLI stations in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen, as well as Coastguard and Harbour Authority assets.
“We are thankful to our volunteer crews at neighbouring stations both for providing this cover and for their support of the Peterhead crew.”