RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

11/30/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2018 13:09

RNLI Longhope lifeboat called out on service at Aberdeen harbour.

Being in the area the lifeboat requested to return to port and participate in ongoing search.

Longhope lifeboat was just leaving Aberdeen harbour this morning on passage to RNLI Poole in Dorset when at 8.54am, the crew were tasked by UK Coastguards to return into the port.

A concerned member of the public had alerted the police that they had seen an unknown object drifting down the River Dee towards the sea.

RNLI Longhope all-weather lifeboat with RNLI Aberdeen D class lifeboat and various local vessels, searched the appropriate areas of the River Dee and outer harbour waters to no avail. At 9.45am the lifeboat was stood down and the search was abandoned.

Coxswain of Longhope lifeboat, Kevin Kirkpatrick said 'With all the recent heavy rain and high winds there was a fair amount of debris and logs being carried down the river which could easily have be mistaken for something more serious. Thankfully this time it was a false alarm. However it is very important for members of the public to contact the emergency services immediately if they think they have seen anything suspicious in the water or have seen anyone in difficulties along the shore. Just call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

The lifeboat then carried on with their passage to RNLI HQ at Poole where the lifeboat is due for routine maintenance checks.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland