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DISMASTED YACHT RESCUED

15/08/2007

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat crew helped to rescue two people and their yacht from Leith Docks on Friday (3 August) afternoon, after a gust of wind left the vessel without a mast.

Kinghorn RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 1639, and was on scene sixteen minutes later. On arrival the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew found the mast of the 18' cruising yacht was dragging in the water over the side. The lifeboat crew cut the mast away and a tow was established to take the yacht back to Granton harbour.

Once in Granton (1740) the yacht was placed in an alongside tow and lead to a pontoon to be met by HM Coastguard. The two people on board, who were fully equipped, were unharmed.

Weather on scene: force three westerly, with calm seas and good visibility.

Lifeboat crew: Steve Currie (helm), Darren Maddison, and Neil Chalmers. Shore crew: Norman Soutar and Joanne Wibberley.

This is the 45th time Kinghorn volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew have been involved in a search and rescue this year.

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat was the busiest inshore RNLI lifeboat in Scotland in 2006 launching a total of 54 in 2006 rescuing 28 people.

Submitted by Rachel Martin (RNLI Press Officer Scotland)

Picture attached - Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat with dismasted yacht in tow