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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was called out to rescue a Creel boat which had lost power and was in danger of being dashed against the sea wall at Kirkcaldy yesterday (02/09/08).

Mike McErlane, helmsman on the lifeboat said, "We were paged at 4.33pm to assist the creel boat 'Eastern Dawn' from Dysart, which had lost all power and was being pushed towards the sea wall at Kirkcaldy by the incoming tide. When we arrived the boat was already aground next to the sea wall and the Skipper, a man in his 40's from Dysart, was trying to bale out the water which was filling up his boat."

"We managed to attach a tow rope, but the boat was full of water and we were unable to move it. We asked for the assistance of the Fife Fire and Rescue Service to pump out the water, as the tide was rapidly advancing and the vessel was in danger of being smashed against the wall. The Fire Service arrived soon after and were able to start pumping out the water, which drew a large crowd of onlookers."

Mike continued, "Once the Fire Service had pumped out the water we were able to tow the vessel to safety in Kirkcaldy Harbour, with just a half hour to spare before the full high tide. The skipper was over the moon that his pride and joy was not firewood and flotsam, which it would have been if both services hadn't been called out!"

The volunteer crew on this occasion along with Mike, were Steve Currie, Mike Chalmers and shore crew was Evelyn Stoker.