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Marine / NorthLink boat involved in capsized catamaran rescue

NORTHLINK ferry passengers experienced some unexpected drama on the boat north on Saturday after the ship’s rescue craft came to the aid of two people whose catamaran had capsized.

The crew helped the sailors before passing them onto the Peterhead lifeboat.

The Hrossey was diverted from its usual route to the incident off the Aberdeenshire coast at Cruden Bay.

The two people on the catamaran were rescued safe and well.

Jolene Garriock, who was on board the NorthLink ferry at the time, said the incident happened at around 5.45pm, with the ferry underway again by around 6.30pm.

She said the boat made a sharp turn before the captain announced crew were going to assist the rescue.

“Several other vessels attended the scene until the lifeboat from Peterhead could get there,” Garriock said.

“Once they arrived, the NorthLink lifeboat transferred the passengers to the RNLI and the NorthLink lifeboat returned to the ferry to a hero’s welcome.

“A bit later, there was an announcement that everyone from the catamaran was safe and well. I’m so proud of all those involved and so grateful to RNLI for everything that they do.”

Serco’s marine manager at NorthLink Ferries Captain Stuart McCallum added: “We are extremely proud of the master and crew of MV Hrossey, particularly our colleagues who manned the fast rescue craft, for safely supporting the rescue mission of the capsised catamaran on Saturday alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and RNLI.”