A lifeboat crew saved the life of a woman clinging to a ladder at Aberdeen Harbour in the early hours of the morning.
The Aberdeen Inshore Lifeboat were called to reports of a woman in danger in the water in Aberdeen Harbour at Regent Quay, opposite the foot of Marischal Street, at around 1.42am today.
The crew found the woman, in the freezing water at the foot of quayside pilings, clinging to the bottom rung of a vertical ladder.
The casualty was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat which then raced back to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station where she was warmed in a controlled manner in the station shower, prior to being transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Aberdeen Inshore Lifeboat helm on this rescue, Cal Reed, who is a full time mechanic and deputy 2nd coxswain with Aberdeen Lifeboat, said: “This lady was fully immersed in cold seawater, was clinging to the ladder, but was unable to climb out of the water.
“She was in imminent danger of losing her grip on the ladder and drowning.
“This was one of those nights that makes being a lifeboatman special: our presence saved this woman’s life.”
Aberdeen Coastguard reported that the total time elapsed, from the pagers being activated to the lifeboat returning the woman to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station, was less than 15 minutes.