Family yacht assisted into harbour twice in 24 hours

Stonehaven Harbour
Stonehaven Harbour

A sailing yacht had to be escorted back to shore in Stonehaven and Arbroath twice in 24 hours.

The Micky Vee is travelling from Newcastle to Caledonian Canal, Inverness when a call was made to Aberdeen Coastguard at 5.20pm on Friday, October 9.

Stonehaven lifeboat was then dispatched to assist the boat back into dock.

It was the second time in 24 hours the Gallimore family needed help as the coastguard was called to assist them into Arbroath harbour on Thursday, October 8.

The three-man crew included father and son Henry and Mick Gallimore, who have been making the journey because Henry is ill and always wanted to ‘experience sailing up the canal’.

But son Mick claimed they are both experienced skippers, and the calls were unnecessary.

He said: “We weren’t actually in trouble, the lifeboat came out to meet us but we didn’t need to be towed in.

“We’re now going to wait here until the conditions are right, we want to take our time and enjoy it.”

A coastguard spokesperson said: “We assisted a vessel into Stonehaven Harbour.

“The vessel was assisted into Arbroath Harbour the previous night. They are on their way to the Caledonian Canal.

“Stonehaven Lifeboat and local coastguard teams were both involved in the operation.”