The RNLI had spent hundreds of man hours using lifeboats from Aberdeen, Montrose and Stonehaven in a search for two men off the east coast of Scotland.
The charity was alerted today by the Coastguard that Jim Reid, 75, and his grandson, David Irvine, 35, had been found by a fishing boat.
Volunteers from Montrose lifeboat station launched this morning and met the two survivors on a fishing boat and then brought them aboard the Moonbeam lifeboat.
The two men had been missing since Tuesday morning. They had been on an open-top 16 foot creel boat and failed to return to Gourdon harbour as planned on Tuesday.
Four RNLI lifeboats spent Tuesday and Wednesday, often in poor visibility with fog patches, searching the sea for the creel boat and the men.
They had been stood down on Wednesday evening.
Scott Murray, Montrose’s coxswain, spent two days searching for the men and he was on board the lifeboat when it went out today to pick them up.
Scott said, ‘When we took the men aboard they were quiet. They just wanted to get back home as soon as possible.
‘They were so lucky to have been found alive. They were in remarkably good condition considering their ordeal. I have been with the RNLI 23 years and normally when you are searching for such a long time you fear the worst.
‘But on this occasion there has been such a happy outcome – we are all delighted.’
When the RNLI lifeboat arrived back at its Montrose berth the volunteer crew were met by a 30-strong crowd of media representatives.
Waiting relatives met the two fishermen for a joyful reunion.
Picture Caption: RNLI coxswain Scott Murray returns to Montrose with David Irvine and Jim Reid. Pic by Richard Smith.
RNLI Media Contacts: Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903. Email firstname.lastname@example.org