Survey ship helps in flare-lit search

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 1, the crew of Dunbar Lifeboat were paged after Aberdeen Coastguard was contacted by three people on a small speed boat who had become lost after leaving Peffer sands.

The closing weather made visibility extremely poor and the people on board the vessel had no idea of their location. They did not have any safety equipment or hand held VHF radio. The all weather lifeboat was launched from Torness and instructed to conduct a search from there towards Bass Rock. Aberdeen then asked the ALB to set off a white flare to see if the vessel could see the speed boat, however the weather conditions made this impossible.

The RV ALBA NA MARA, a survey vessel, was also in the area and was asked to help search for the small vessel. Once the ALB was north of Dunbar, Aberdeen asked again to set off two white flares as the callers had reported they could see another vessel heading towards them. After a short search the RV ALBA NA MARA crew reported that they had a small vessel in front of them with three people on board, signalling. Dunbar’s ALB proceeded towards the ALBA NA MARA and confirmed that it was the speed boat that had made the emergency call.

Once on scene the ALB took the three on board and secured the speed boat with a tow back to Dunbar harbour along with the inshore lifeboat. After entering the harbour the ILB secured the boat along side the pier. North Berwick and Dunbar Coastguard teams were on hand to assist. The ILB was then recovered and made ready for service.