North-east paddleboarders walk final Mayday mile with RNLI crew that saved them

Findlay and Madison have expressed their gratitude to the crew that rescued them from the sea
-Credit: (Image: RNLI/Lorna Cameron)


The teenagers rescued by the RNLI when they got into difficulty in the North Sea while paddleboarding have thanked the lifeboat crew with a terrific fundraising effort.

Buckie’s all-weather lifeboat was launched in strong south-easterly winds on Saturday 6 April to search for 4 paddleboarders near local landmark, Bow Fiddle Rock.

The search for the young paddleboarders was time critical and the Buckie RNLI lifeboat William Blannin arrived on scene in around 10 minutes, quickly locating the first two youngsters.

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Both had luckily managed to stay on their paddleboard, while the second pair were spotted only minutes later, desperately trying to keep their heads above water.

The five-strong volunteer crew pulled the tired, cold, but relieved, youngsters aboard the lifeboat and made best speed back to Buckie to waiting ambulance crews and worried friends and family.

Only hours after their dramatic rescue, Madison Ross, 15, and Findlay Grant, 16, announced to family that they had decided to take part in the RNLI’s annual Mayday Mile challenge to show their gratitude to the Buckie crew and raise money for the charity to say thank you for saving their lives.

Madison and Findlay raised over £1,000 by joining the Mayday mile
Madison and Findlay raised over £1,000 by joining the Mayday mile -Credit:RNLI/Lorna Cameron

At 7pm on Friday, May 31, Madison and Findlay were joined by the volunteer crew that went to their rescue back in April to walk the final mile of their RNLI Mayday mile challenge, walking a mile a day in May.

Mike Rennie, Coxswain Mechanic said: "On behalf of everyone at Buckie RNLI we want to thank Madison and Findlay who have raised over £1,000 to express their gratitude to the lifeboat crew who rescued them.

"Your generosity and appreciation is inspiring, and your support highlights the RNLI’s mission of saving lives at sea."

The pair are keen to share their story with others and raise awareness of how quickly things can change, and dangers of our seas.

Madison and Findlay also joined lifeboat crew member, Jeffrey Tuckerman, to talk to Keith Community Radio listeners about the RNLI’s water safety message early next month.