On the 4th July 2019, both Anstruther's lifeboats were launched and, together with local boats, put to sea to welcome home the historic fishing boat "Reaper" returning from a refit in Rosyth.
Reaper is a "Fifie" sailing herring drifter, part of the Scottish Fisheries Museum. She was built by J & G Forbes at their yard at Sandhaven near Fraserburgh in 1902, Fifie was the most popular fishing boat design on the East Coast of Scotland during the 19th and 20th century.
She is usually moored opposite the RNLI boat shed. The Museum, their boats and the lifeboat station are major attractions for visitors to Anstruther.
Click/tap Jim McNair's video opposite to see the highlights of the well-attended event.
Click/tap the video above to see the highlights.
Click/tap here to see Jim McNair's full video
The episode, on Tuesday 18 September,saw Anstruther RNLI attend a walker who has fallen on a coastal chain walk and a woman, child and two dogs that have been cut off by the tide in Anstruther alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations around our coasts.
Following the huge success of the two previous series, the most recent of which was broadcast last year, this series features more real-life rescue footage, accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.
Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.
Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland launched over 8,400 times, assisting over 8,000 people, while the charity’s lifeguards responded to 17,414 incidents and saved the lives of 127 people on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast on BBC Two and will continue throughout September and October.
2017 marks the centenary of the Battle of Otranto. This important but little-known battle is brought to life by John Smith, a WWI fisherman who crewed one of the 47 steam drifters engaged in the battle.
The book relating his memoirs is now published by his great niece and proceeds are donated to the RNLI.
Find out more here.
Below: David Corstorphine, a relative of the author, presents the cheque for some of the book's proceeds to the coxswain
Anstruther's New Inshore Lifeboat was officially named "Akira" at a ceremony on Saturday 3 June.
Read the full story here
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