The Peterhead Lifeboat is currently not in service because of a “lack of mutual trust” among some members of its volunteer crew.
The RNLI has said that the move was a last resort after it has tried for years to help the crew to work through “personal rivalries and historic disagreements.”
The RNLI had even used a trained mediator to try and bring the crew back together, but after this measure failed the RNLI concluded that the station could no longer function safely.
Aberdeen and Fraserburgh lifeboat stations will now provide cover.
The RNLI has confirmed that it is still committed to keeping the station open and also said that it would work with the remaining crew to get the service back into operation.
A spokesperson for the RNLI has said:
“This action is a last resort and follows many attempts to tackle a lack of mutual trust, good communication and teamwork among the crew which has become so serious that the station is no longer capable of operating safely and effectively.
“The RNLI has put much time and resource into trying to support the volunteer crew and tackle the problems at Peterhead lifeboat station, including dedicated staff support and the use of a trained mediator.
“The RNLI has previously met with, and written to, some of those concerned to explain the type of behavioural changes that need to be made.
“Unfortunately, some crew members have been unable to work together to put the lifesaving service before their own personal rivalries and historic disagreements, resulting in the decision that they can no longer remain as part of the crew.”