Warning as lifeboat rescues Angus angler caught off by tide

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Lifeboat bosses have issued a summer warning after an angler had to be rescued from cliffs on the Angus coast.

Both Arbroath lifeboats were launched around 7.30pm on Sunday to go to the aid of the fisherman who had been cut off by the tide north of the town.

He had been fishing in the area of Dickmont Den but raised the alarm after becoming trapped by the rising water.

The angler was picked up by the town station’s D-class Robert Fergusson inshore lifeboat, before being transferred to the all-weather Mersey-class Inchcape craft and taken back to the safety of Arbroath harbour.

Arbroath Coastguard team were also involved in the operation to locate the angler, who is believed to have been uninjured in the incident.

Arbroath RNLI coxswain, Michael Marr, said “Arbroath cliffs are a popular spot for anglers.

“We do advise that if you’re heading to the cliffs for a spot of angling, ensure you check the tide times and make sure you have a means of calling for help.

“The RNLI also advise that if you are angling close to the water you should wear a lifejacket, so if you do accidentally enter the water, you have the best chance of survival until help arrives,” said Mr Marr.

As the busy summer season gets into full swing, the safety message will be reinforced this weekend during Arbroath RNLI’s open day which will include demonstrations by the station’s two lifeboats.

Arbroath is one of the oldest stations in Scotland and the last in the county to launch its all-weather boat from a slipway.

Saturday’s will also feature a lifejacket clinic and boat trips to Arbroath cliffs, as well as the involvement of other local organisations.

The angler rescue follows a recent shout for lifeboat personnel involving two kayakers off the Angus coast.

A member of the public raised the alarm after believing the pair were in trouble on Monifieth sands.

Investigations by the Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew revealed the duo were wandering around the sandbar while taking a break from their kayaking.