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Damaged Aberdeen Lifeboat lock 'could have cost lives'

Aberdeen lifeboat Image copyright Mark Gray
Image caption The lifeboat dock is in a secure area of Aberdeen Harbour

A lifeboat crew had to use power tools to gain access to their boat after a lock was damaged during an attempted break-in.

The Aberdeen RNLI crew discovered the damage when they arrived for a training exercise on Saturday morning.

Operations manager Bill Deans said it was a "shocking, mindless act" that could have cost lives had it been an emergency.

Police believe the attempted break-in happened on Friday evening.

The lifeboat, Bon Accord, is kept in a secure area of Aberdeen Harbour. The crew used power tools to cut off the damaged lock and hasp.

Mr Deans said: "This shocking, mindless act could easily have cost lives. Minutes matter in saving lives at sea.

"Imagine if the crew had been called out on a rescue overnight and had to cut their way into their own lifeboat. That delay could have prevented them from arriving in time to save a life."

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