Collieston storm. Weather news. Scotland's east coast.

Collieston storm. Weather news. Scotland's east coast.

In the early hours of Saturday 15th December 2012, high tide brought chaos to Scotland’s eastern coastline. From the Shetland Islands to North Berwick on the English border, the sea and ferocious gales battered communities well-accustomed to extreme weather. Tidal forces combined with south-easterly winds (gusting at 80mph) and low pressure atmospheric conditions to whip up what has been described as ‘the perfect storm’. Of course, it’s oxymoronic to describe any storm as ‘perfect’.

The only fatality happened at the start of the storm on Friday, at sea, in darkness and 5M high waves. The VOS Sailor, a rescue and emergency response vessel, took on water 120 miles off Aberdeen. One of her crewmen was swept overboard by 6M high waves, and died after being recovered from the water. 11 other seamen were winched to safety. The Bond Offshore Helicopters search-and-rescue crew have been honoured with national awards for 'tremendous leadership, teamwork and courage' in a multi-agency rescue effort co-ordinated by the Coastguard. After drifting without power and crew in raging seas, the badly-damaged vessel, carrying the body of the crew member, was taken under tow by a salvage tug to Fraserburgh harbour.

In Peterhead during Saturday morning, the town's RNLI lifeboat was launched in horrendous conditions to rescue three people stranded on one side of the harbour. Quayside factories were seriously damaged by the wind and giant waves: workers now face unemployment. The Mapco fish processing factory was destroyed, leaving 22 employees out-of-work.

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Collieston storm. Weather news. Scotland's east coast.

Collieston storm. Weather news. Scotland's east coast.

In the early hours of Saturday 15th December 2012, high tide brought chaos to Scotland’s eastern coastline. From the Shetland Islands to North Berwick on the English border, the sea and ferocious gales battered communities well-accustomed to extreme weather. Tidal forces combined with south-easterly winds (gusting at 80mph) and low pressure atmospheric conditions to whip up what has been described as ‘the perfect storm’. Of course, it’s oxymoronic to describe any storm as ‘perfect’.

The only fatality happened at the start of the storm on Friday, at sea, in darkness and 5M high waves. The VOS Sailor, a rescue and emergency response vessel, took on water 120 miles off Aberdeen. One of her crewmen was swept overboard by 6M high waves, and died after being recovered from the water. 11 other seamen were winched to safety. The Bond Offshore Helicopters search-and-rescue crew have been honoured with national awards for 'tremendous leadership, teamwork and courage' in a multi-agency rescue effort co-ordinated by the Coastguard. After drifting without power and crew in raging seas, the badly-damaged vessel, carrying the body of the crew member, was taken under tow by a salvage tug to Fraserburgh harbour.

In Peterhead during Saturday morning, the town's RNLI lifeboat was launched in horrendous conditions to rescue three people stranded on one side of the harbour. Quayside factories were seriously damaged by the wind and giant waves: workers now face unemployment. The Mapco fish processing factory was destroyed, leaving 22 employees out-of-work.

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