CARAVAN A DANGER TO TRAFFIC IN THE FORTH
The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn towed a Caravan during the Bank Holiday!
The volunteer crew of Kinghorn lifeboat were called out by Coastguard last night (02/05/2009) to rescue a stricken Caravan and any persons within.
Scott McIlravie, Helmsman on the shout, said, "We were paged around 11.15pm by the Coastguard to a report of a Caravan in the sea near to Cockenzie Power Station. We arrived and located the Caravan just a few metres offshore, with debris floating around it. It was just starting to float with the rising tide and two of the crew entered the water to ensure that there were no persons trapped within. As the tide was rising, we tried to move it above the high water mark to ensure it wouldn't become a danger to shipping in the Forth."
He continued, "Crewmen Brian Paton and Luke Williams spent an hour in the water trying to move the Caravan ashore, but were unable to, so we were left with no option but to tow it with the lifeboat. Brian and Luke remained in the water manhandling the Caravan and we managed to tow it out into deeper water and along to an area of beach near the slipway at Cockenzie. We then passed the tow rope to the Fisherrow Coastguard team who were able to tow the caravan up the beach using their 4x4 with our rope attached to the front."
Scott joked,"This must be a first for the RNLI! I doubt we will have been called out to tow a caravan before. I don't know how it managed to enter the water, but it certainly would have posed a danger to passing vessels if it hadn't been brought ashore. I wonder if we need to join the Caravan Club now?"
The attached jpeg picture show Brian Paton with the stricken Caravan.