DATE 28/04/16 12:52 – 15:50
Request from Aberdeen Coastguard to assist an injured crewman aboard a Belgium warship off Methil in the Firth of Forth.
ALB crew successfully medevac’d the casualty and one other to Methil harbour and the waiting Coastguard, to arrange treatment for a suspected broken finger.
On return to station the Lifeboat was tasked to search an area off Pittenweem for signs of diesel spillage, none found. Further information was received from Pittenweem that no further action was required.
The ALB suffered a serious mechanical failure with overheating of the starboard engine on leaving Methil, the ALB was returned to Pittenweem awaiting engineering report.
The Lifeboat was placed on restricted service with a relief Mersey Lifeboat arriving on 29/04/16 and subsequently taken off service for repair.
See the news report of of the arrival of the relief boat.
Weather partly cloudy,
Wind 3, from the east,
Visibility Good .
Pictures (28/4/2016) by Roger Grundy show ALB's low water launch for this Service and Crew's transport and clothing abandoned in a rush to get their kit on. (Click the pictures to enlarge them.)