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Warning after stranded teenagers need lifeboat rescue from rocks on fishing trip

Peterhead RNLI off the coast at North Haven.
Peterhead RNLI off the coast at North Haven.

Two teenage boys cut off by the tide while fishing near Peterhead were rescued by lifeboat volunteers.

The pair had been fishing by the Bullers of Buchan, at the North Haven area, however got into difficulties around 3pm when the tide came in.

Cut off from returning to shore by the incoming waters, they called 999 for assistance and, for the third time this month, HM Coastguard sent out the volunteer crew from RNLI Peterhead.

The crew dispatched its Tamar class lifeboat RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail and, upon finding the boys, used the powered inflatable Y-Boat, kept under the deck, to get volunteers out as close to the rock-stranded boys as possible.

The crew fitted lifejackets on the pair and transported them and their equipment in the Y-Boat back to the lifeboat and to Peterhead harbour, where they were met by the coastguard.

Patrick Davidson, deputy coxswain at Peterhead Lifeboat, praised the boys for their “smart and swift actions”, but says the incident should act as a reminder to others to plan ahead and check tide times.

Mr Davidson said: “The boys had been out fishing and hadn’t noticed the tide coming in. When they realised they couldn’t safely get back the way they had come they immediately phoned 999.

“This was the right thing to do and because of their quick actions we were able to be on scene straight away and everyone was brought back ashore safely.

“We decided the safest thing to do was to take the boys back to Peterhead harbour.

“We would urge anyone out walking or fishing near cliffs or rocks to always plan ahead by checking the weather and tide times and carry a means of calling for help.”

The lifeboat returned to her berth at 4pm where she was made ready for service.

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