Dundee lifeboat crew in five-hour River Tay rescue mission

The Broughty Ferry RNLI all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth of Glamis.

Broughty Ferry lifeboat crews were involved in a five and a half hour rescue operation after a boat got into difficulty.

The RNLI volunteers were initially called out at 10.15am yesterday to the mouth of the River Tay east of the lighthouse at Barry Buddon.

The 5m-long motor boat lost power on a trip from Arbroath to Broughty Ferry.

It began to experience engine problems whilst approaching the bar at the mouth of the Tay and changed course and headed for Buddon Point.

The all-weather lifeboat was dispatched in the rescue mission and located the stricken vessel just over half of a mile east of Buddon and North of the Gaa Sands.

Two crew members were then transferred on to the lifeboat unharmed.

Lifeboat volunteers then boarded the vessel before securing a towline and guiding the boat safely back to Broughty Ferry lifeboat station.

A spokesman for Broughty Ferry RNLI added: “On arrival at the station the boat was berthed until high tide allowed it to be towed into Broughty Ferry harbour by the inshore lifeboat where it was removed from the water  -and found to be undamaged – before being placed on to a road trailer.

“The successful operation was completed for 3.45pm with both boats made ready for any further calls.”