The deaths of two lifeboat volunteers are to be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of a north-east disaster.
Coxswain Andrew Noble and second coxswain Andrew Farquhar lost their lives after the tragedy near Fraserburgh in April 1919.
The town’s RNLI vessel capsized when it was responding to a distress call. It was the first major disaster to hit the volunteer crew, which was established in Fraserburgh in 1831.
The tragedy happened when the lifeboat Lady Rothes went to the aid of the Fraserburgh-bound demobilised HM drifter Eminent.
The crew of 13 were thrown overboard when the boat capsized and, although all were eventually swept back on to the beach, the coxswain and second coxswain could not be revived.
A newspaper article at the time reported how the incident happened amid “a storm of exceptional severity” raged “on land and sea”.
The story described how “hundreds of watchers at the harbour were dismayed to see the vessel capsized” and “local medical men and many citizens rendered assistance in reviving the lifeboatmen”, who were badly cut and bruised.
Current coxswain Vic Sutherland said: “This is an important part of our station’s history.
“There have been three lifeboat disasters over the Fraserburgh station’s history.
“The 1919 disaster where we lost the coxswain Andrew Noble and second coxswain Andrew Farquhar is something the station cannot let pass without showing respect for the sacrifice the men made. It is a big milestone, the 100th anniversary.”
Vic added: “They were both volunteers, Andrew Noble was the harbour master at the time. There were 13 crew on board the Lady Rothes when it capsized and everyone was alive when they were recovered.
“It was shortly afterwards that both of them died after being rescued.
“The Eminent had got into trouble at the south end of the bay in Fraserburgh. There was a good amount of swell going around the bay at the time.
“The Lady Rothes was launched to go to their assistance and they got caught up and capsized.”
On Sunday, the current RNLI team will pay tribute to their fallen colleagues by taking wreaths out to sea in a low-key ceremony.
Members of the public have been invited if they wish to pay their respects.
The Lady Rothes was named after Titanic survivor Lucy Noel Martha Leslie, the Countess of Rothes.
Two years ago, a bronze statue was built at the RNLI station to remember the incident and the two other disasters.
During a storm in February 1953, six men died when the lifeboat was called out helping fishing boats back into the harbour during a large swell.
The last tragedy in January 1970 saw five of the six crew die.
The Duchess of Kent lifeboat had responded to a Danish fishing vessel which was taking on water, but the rescue boat was caught up in a swell and capsized.
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On the day of the memorial, servicemen will meet at the statue, and a two-minute silence will take place before wreaths are laid, and the names of the crew members who passed away read out.
Vic added: “The risk is always there every time our crews are called out.
“It isn’t something you think about at the time when you are on a shout.
“We pass the statue every time we head out.
“It is a reminder of the dangers we face. It is never during the call out that you think about the situation you were in.
“It is normally afterwards when you sit down and back at the station and you have to deal with what happened on the call-out.”