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North-east lifeboat team to have phased return to service after “personal rivalries” meant it had to stand down

Tuesday June 25th 2019 at 10:58 AM

A North-east lifeboat team, stood down earlier this month because of “personal rivalries” will have a phased return to service in July.

The Peterhead RNLI crew will be given an “intensive training schedule” to bring the lifeboat back into use.
It was stood down at the start of the month when relationships between some members of the team deteriorated to the point trained mediators couldn’t settle their differences.
An RNLI spokesperson said “We are very grateful to our volunteer crew in Peterhead for their continued commitment to the RNLI and for the skills they bring to providing a lifesaving service to their community.

“We now have a plan in place to provide all crew with an intensive training schedule delivered by RNLI coxswains, who will support local volunteers in their continued training and development in the coming months. This training programme will start in July and will ensure as many crew as possible can add to their existing skills, experience and expertise in order to take the lifeboat to sea. The training programme includes advancing some of the crew through coxswain and mechanic training.

“This will enable our charity to support the volunteer crew in order to get Peterhead Lifeboat back on service, securing a sustainable service for the local community. In the short term, though, we will aim to provide an intermittent lifeboat service from Peterhead, with on-service periods increasing in frequency as crew training and availability progresses.

“We would like to be in a position to have the Peterhead Lifeboat available for service during Peterhead’s Scottish Week, as part of the intermittent return to service, and we hope that the community will come out in force to show their support for their volunteer lifeboat crew.

“While the Peterhead lifeboat is off-service, lifesaving cover will continue to be provided by flanking RNLI stations in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen, as well as Coastguard and Harbour Authority assets. We are thankful to our volunteer crews at neighbouring stations both for providing this cover and for their support of the Peterhead crew.”

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