A MAN was airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while swimming in a harbour.
The Fraserburgh RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called just before 7pm last night to rescue the man. The man was pulled onto a relief boat before he was transferred to the operational all-weather lifeboat where crews took him to dry land.
The man was later taken by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at around 8.40pm. Two men, one believed to be a German tourist, jumped into the town’s harbour to help the man.
But Victor Sutherland, the Coxswain Mechanic at Fraserburgh lifeboat, today urged the public to not put their lives at risk.
He said: “The man had been swimming in the harbour at the time. The man was drifting in and out of consciousness and he wasn’t in the best of shapes when we rescued him.
“We would like to encourage people to call 999 and ask for us rather than put their lives at risk. The disappointing aspect was people were videoing the incident which we advise people not to do.”