Sir Max Aitken

Number of Launches:- 14
Number of Lives Saved:- 0
Longhope officially becomes an afloat station based at Longhope Pier.
Coxswain: Kevin Kirkpatrick 2002-
Since the arrival of the ‘Sir Max Aitken II’ most of the calls she has answered has been to assist vessels or to tow them back to safety, one such incident accrued when the fishing boat ‘Challenger’ capsized at the back of Brims while on route home. The Lifeboat stood by ready to assist, while the crew of the 'Challenger' were picked up by the fishing vessel ‘Incentive’. The Lifeboat took the upturned boat in tow but it sank shortly after, the incident was recorded and the Lifeboat returned to her station.