Tayside and Central Scotland

Arbroath lifeboat tragedy 60th anniversary tribute

One of the Robert Lindsay crew
Image caption The lifeboat disaster claimed the lives of six crewmen

The 60th anniversary of one of the most tragic days for the RNLI in Arbroath is to be marked this weekend.

Six crewmen died when the Robert Lindsay lifeboat was struck by a huge wave close to the harbour on 27 October 1953. Only one man survived.

They had been searching for a vessel in distress.

Their lives will be commemorated by the local community and the current RNLI crew who will be laying a wreath at sea on Sunday.

David Bruce, Harry Swankie, William Swankie, Thomas Adams, David Cargill and Charles Cargill all died in the tragedy.

The only survivor was Archibald Smith, who was able to hold on to a rope thrown across the boat by watchers on land.

A plaque with the names of the crew is displayed in the Arbroath lifeboat shed in remembrance of the disaster.

Alex Smith, the lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, said: "It is the darkest day in our history here at Arbroath lifeboat station and the sacrifice of those lost has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to generations of crewmen.

"Unfortunately, it also serves as a stark reminder of the risks that volunteer lifeboat crews face to help others at sea."

Church services will also be held in Arbroath on Sunday to mark the event.

All-weather lifeboat RNLB Inchcape will be launched at 15:00 for the wreath-laying ceremony.

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