‘Bet­ter safe than sorry,’ say crew

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

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

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