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Portgordon Harbour drama as man rescued

By Alan Beresford

THERE was drama at Portgordon earlier today when a combined emergency services operation swung into action.

Buckie's RNLI lifeboat and Buckie Coastguard teams were joined by police officers, paramedics and the fire service when a man became trapped in the water near the outer wall of the harbour.

A spokesman for Buckie RNLI said: "Buckie's RNLI lifeboat William Blannin was launched at 11.07am today to assist in the effort to aid a man who had become trapped near the outer area of the harbour.

Due to the shallow draft in the area the lifeboat's daughter craft, the semi-inflatable Y-boat, was launched.

"Lifeboat crew helped keep the man's head out of the water as the tide came in while measures were taken to remove him from the water, which was successfully accomplished. Crew also rendered first aid.

"The William Blannin returned other moorings at 2.35pm."

Once on dry land paramedics treated the man before moving him to a nearby area where he was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It is believed he sustained injuries as a result of the incident but it is unclear at the time of writing the extent of those.

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