‘Better safe than sorry,’ say crew
Fraserburgh lifeboat was called into action when a surfer reportedly “disappeared” into the waves.
A member of the public lost sight of the surfer and became concerned for their safety.
The volunteers were paged by the Coastguard almost immediately and launched shortly after 5.15pm on Friday. They were able to find the surfer safe and well.
But they have now reassured locals that people should not be deterred from calling them in an emergency even if it might prove to be a false alarm.
The surfer, who was never in danger, had become hidden from view because of the swell of the ocean.
Lifeboat coxswain Victor Sutherland said he was “pleased” the call had come in as soon as it looked as if somebody was in difficulty, and that it proved the charity was getting across its message about the importance of water safety.
He added: “Luckily, in this case, it was a false alarm with good intent.
“But if it had been a life or death situation, where seconds counted, then obviously the earlier it was reported gives us a better chance of getting there on time.
“And we would stress that it’s better to be safe and sorry.”
The call was the first of two the crew of the lifeboat attended over the weekend.
Just hours later, volunteers were back out at sea at 10pm.
The Coastguard had received a call from a fishing vessel 40 miles out to sea that was taking on water.
The crew responded and returned to port in the early hours of the morning.
Fraserburgh lifeboat was called out twice on Friday