Broughty Ferry lifeboat launched after two emergency calls

Broughty Ferry lifeboat
Broughty Ferry lifeboat

Broughty Ferry volunteer lifeboat crews were called out to two emergency calls last night (Sunday, July 10).

The first call to the RNLI crews went out at 8.54pm for a missing person thought to be near West Lights, Tayport.

A second emergency call came in from the Coastguard for another incident on the Tay Road Bridge as the lifeboats were making their way to Tayport.

With the assistance of a volunteer shore crew, the Broughty Ferry RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 9pm, followed by the all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth of Glamis.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: “On route to Tayport another call came in for an ongoing incident on the Tay Road Bridge.

“The smaller inshore lifeboat broke off from the initial call and made for that, leaving the all weather lifeboat to continue with the call to Tayport.

“A short time later after being stood down at the incident at the road bridge by the Coastguard, the inshore lifeboat was free to join the all weather lifeboat off Tayport in the search for a missing person believed to an elderly male.

“The additional XP lifeboat was also utilised to maximise the effectiveness of the search.

“Following a thorough search lasting well over two hours of the calm, but poorly lit, waters off Tayport and Tentsmuir Forest no one was found.

“The decision was made by the Coastguard to stand down the volunteer lifeboat crews and return the lifeboats to station.”