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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Angus & The Mearns

RNLI rescue crew of stricken motor boat near mouth of Tay

October 25 2017

Lifeboat crews rushed to rescue a stricken motor boat near the mouth of the Tay on Wednesday morning. Both Broughty Ferry RNLI lifeboats were launched at 10.15am in response to an emergency call to assist the boat after its engine failed while travelling from Arbroath to Broughty Ferry. The two crew members, who were unharmed, were transferred to the lifeboat and taken to the shore. The five metre boat began to experience engine problems while approaching the bar at the mouth of the Tay. It changed course and headed for Buddon Point before its engine failed. The lifeboat team found the worried crew just over half of a mile east of Buddon and North of the Gaa Sands. The vessel, which was undamaged, was also towed back to Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station. The successful operation was completed for 3.45pm with both boats made ready for any further calls.    

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Lifeboat tows seasick sailors back to Tayport Harbour

March 31 2014

The Broughty Ferry lifeboat was launched at 3pm on Sunday after a 28ft yacht with four seasick crew members on board lost power at the mouth of the Tay. The yacht was on passage from Arbroath to Tayport when its engine overheated and power was lost. Second coxswain Peter Hay said: “The crew were suffering from sea sickness and due to the poor visibility which was down to approximately half a mile due to sea mist, they sensibly requested assistance via VHF radio to Aberdeen Coastguard. “Broughty Ferry lifeboat was tasked to locate them and after deploying two of our crewmen on to the yacht, the vessel was successfully towed back to Tayport Harbour where the lifeboat crew assisted in putting them safely and securely alongside. “This was a straightforward service for the lifeboat and the yacht crew were appreciative of the assistance given.”


Ferry lifeboat called to upturned yacht

September 23 2016

The Broughty Ferry lifeboat was called out on Friday morning after reports of an upturned vessel in the Tay. The inshore boat was launched just after 9.30am and made its way toward Wormit, where the upturned vessel had been reported. Arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew could find no upturned vessel and spoke to the crew of a nearby yacht who alerted the lifeboat they were the vessel which had upturned. The yacht crew had managed to right their vessel themselves, before the lifeboat arrived. The lifeboat made its way back to Broughty Ferry after hearing all was well.


Tayside rescuers rush to assistance of Polish sailing vessel

June 29 2017

Rescuers rushed to the aid of a stricken Polish-registered sailing vessel in the River Tay today. Both of the Broughty Ferry RNLI lifeboats were launched at about 1.40pm after a distress call from the eight-person crew of the 52ft boat, which grounded at Tayport Harbour. The inshore lifeboat was first called, after which the all-weather Elizabeth of Glamis was sent out. The crew of the vessel managed to refloat her at about 3pm. A spokesman for the lifeboat crew said: "With the assistance of a volunteer shore crew the inshore lifeboat was launched and was on quickly on scene. The larger all weather lifeboat Elizabeth of Glamis followed a short time later "Once on scene the lifeboat crews stood by and provided support whilst the crew of the vessel successfully attempted to refloat themselves. "By 3pm the boat was freed. All eight crew members on board were unharmed.  Both lifeboats returned to station where they were made ready for any further calls."  


Stricken yacht saved from crashing onto rocks in Tay

July 27 2015

The crew of a small yacht faced disaster as they drifted powerlessly towards rocks on the river Tay. With their engine stopped and with sales furled, the sailors had no way of regaining swift control of their vessel and began to drift in the mouth of the estuary. They issued a distress call and that brought a swift response with the volunteer crew at the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station springing into action on Sunday afternoon. Crew members made all haste to the lifeboat with more numbers than were required responding to the call and were soon speeding down the river. They intercepted the yacht as it drifted dangerously close to rocks off The Royal Tay Yacht Club at Broughty Ferry. Fortunately the lifeboat arrived in the nick of time and soon had the boat and its crew secured, leading them back into safe harbour. Watching the drama unfold was the Reverend Canon Alan Hughes MBE, who is currently on exercise as military chaplain at Barry Buddon with a group of with Army Cadets from Northumbria. Reverend Hughes said he was driving to make a hospital visit when members of the lifeboat crew sped up behind him. He pulled over to the side of the road after spotting their “lifeboat crew on duty” sign and decided to follow the vehicle to see what was happening. He arrived at the station in time to see it head out into the Tay at top speed and followed it along the coast to where he saw a small blue sailing boat in difficulty. “I am a sailor and I know that without power and without sails they could have found themselves in great jeopardy,” Reverend Hughes said. “The crew aboard seemed to have either missed or slipped their mooring and they were drifting swiftly onto rocks. “Had the lifeboat not arrived when it did they could have been in great jeopardy.” He added: “This is just another example of the tremendous work this amazing organisation does. “They will have been sitting there eating their Sunday lunch when the call came in and have sprung into action immediately. “They actually had more crew respond than they needed and those who headed out certainly arrived just in time.” It’s been a busy month for the crew with nine call-outs in connection with incidents on the Tay Bridge and searches of the shoreline for missing people They also launched to rescue two females cut off by tide on rocks at the High Light, by Tayport. The pair were recovered and returned to Tayport Harbour without suffering any ill effects.


Pensioner dies after Forth rescue

May 27 2013

An elderly man has died after being rescued from the Firth of Forth by a lifeboat crew. Queensferry RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out by the Coastguard after a member of the public spotted a capsized dinghy to the east of Hound Point oil terminal on the south side of the river on Friday afternoon. When the crew drew near they saw the man, 73, floating in the water. He was unconscious and not breathing. Two crew members helped the man on to the lifeboat before heading back to Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. However, despite being transferred to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Police Scotland said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, later died.


Woman plucked from Tay in early morning rescue

November 5 2017

Broughty Ferry lifeboat volunteers rescued a woman from the River Tay in the early hours of Sunday morning. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) crew were called into action after receiving a call just after 2.30am to report a woman had fallen from the Tay Road Bridge. With the assistance of a volunteer shore crew, the inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.45am, with the larger all weather lifeboat leaving the RNLI station two minutes later. Soon after arriving at the scene, lifeboat crews spotted the woman and plucked her from the water. She was then assessed and treated by RNLI volunteers before being rushed to Ninewells Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service.      


Sailors rescued in early morning blaze drama

August 20 2016

Three sailors were rescued from The River Tay after their boat caught alight in the early hours of Saturday morning. Broughty Ferry RNLI volunteers raced to the mouth of the Tay, south of Buddon Point, after receiving a distress call shortly before 3am. Despite hazards being created by thick fog, the all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth of Glamis, arrived on scene within minutes. The stricken vessel, Dundee Port Pilot boat "Lynx", had been on route to provide guidance to an incoming ship when the incident began. A spokesperson for Broughty Ferry RNLI confirmed: "Once on scene it was found that the Lynx crew had extinguished the blaze but were unable to use their boat. "The crew of the lifeboat quickly transferred the casualties to the lifeboat to prevent further harm before returning to the RNLI station in Broughty Ferry. "One member of the crew was treated by the RNLI team with oxygen for smoke inhalation. He was transferred to a waiting ambulance crew on arrival and transported to Ninewells hospital. "The lifeboat then returned to the scene to connect a tow line to the Lynx and return it to its base at Dundee Harbour."  


Emergency crews scramble to rescue man from River Tay

May 17 2018

Emergency services were called to the River Tay on Wednesday following concerns for a man in the water. Lifeboat crews rushed to Riverside Drive near Discovery Point shortly after 8pm after the 35-year-old was spotted. Two teams from Broughty Ferry, a coastguard team, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service were all asked to attend as part of the rescue mission. It is unclear how the man came to be in the water but he was later seen draped in a blanket while being attended to by medical personnel. It is understood he was taken to Ninewells Hospital for treatment. A spokesman for Broughty Ferry RNLI said: “The volunteer crews were alerted just after 8pm and the inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.07pm. “The Elizabeth of Glamis, the larger all-weather lifeboat, followed four minutes later. “On arrival at scene the Inshore lifeboat crew assisted a male from the water into the boat. “He was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat before being transported safely to Broughty Ferry lifeboat station, where he was then passed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew. “Both lifeboats were then made ready for any further calls.” A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We received a call about concerns for a man in the River Tay after 8pm. “He was traced by the coastguard and this was deemed to be a medical matter. “Police Scotland left the scene at 9.15pm and no further action was required.” A spokesman from the coastguard added: “We responded to reports of a person who had entered the water. We were notified just after 8pm. “Both lifeboats from Broughty Ferry were launched and coastguard teams also attended. ‘‘The man was recovered from the water quickly and left with the police and ambulance service.” A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at 8.03pm. “We sent one ambulance to Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station and conveyed a man to Ninewells Hospital.” Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, on 116 123.