A man was rescued from a boat in the North Sea seconds before it sank.
Fraserburgh Lifeboat rescues were called out at 8.25am today after a man on a small fishing vessel made a distress call two miles off Fraserburgh.
“On arriving on scene, the lifeboat put a crewman aboard to assist the single, male occupant and to set up a tow,” said a spokesman for Fraserburgh Lifeboat.
He added: “Shortly after as the water came flooding in, the crew member signalled the lifeboat that the boat was sinking fast.
“The lifeboat drew alongside and both men made it aboard as the small vessel quickly submerged and sank,”
The team of rescuers brought the man back into Fraserburgh.
He was described as “safe, well and uninjured” and was met by a friend, who gave him a lift home.
The spokesman added: “The boat took in too much water in too short a space of time to be saved but at least no one was hurt.
“It shows how quickly conditions at sea can change and how situations can get very serious very quickly.
“The person aboard at the time did exactly the right thing when he suspected something was wrong and made a call for help.
“The Coastguard informed us and we launched the RNLI lifeboat.
“We are all disappointed that we couldn’t save the boat but fortunately we were able to get there in time and make sure that we brought the person back safe and well.”