SLEEPLESS IN PORT SEATON
The volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn were called out again by Coastguard early this morning, (03/05/2009) to rescue a catamaran which had run aground with engine failure.
Despite having been out until after 1am towing a Caravan, the volunteer RNLI Crew at Kinghorn were again paged at 4am.
Bleary eyed, Helmsman Scott McIlravie said, " I couldn't believe it when the pager went off again, I think my head had just touched the pillow! We were tasked to rescue a 30 foot Catamaran yacht named the "Mira Michi" which had reported running aground near North Berwick. Despite the fact that the North Berwick lifeboat was out searching, they had not found the vessel and Coastguard were unable to make contact with it, to confirm its location as the battery on the crew's mobile phone had run down."
Scott continued, "The Coastguard had widened the search pattern and we were tasked to search from Cockenzie to North Berwick. Fortunately a Coastguard response unit located the vessel which was aground at Fernie Ness, Longniddry, several miles from the initial location given by the crew. Both lifeboats were tasked to assist in the rescue and we were able to refloat the vessel and we towed her into Port Seton, but didn't get back to Kinghorn till 7am."
"There were two men, one middle aged and one elderly gentleman on board the vessel which had set off from Port Edgar, South Queensferry and was heading to Newcastle, despite the fact they had been suffering from recurring engine problems, had no VHF radio, Sat-Nav or Radar. When the engine finally failed, the crew phoned the Coastguard and their battery then died. They tried to fix the engine, but as they had not dropped anchor to stabilise their position, the wind blew them away from their initial position and pushed them aground."
" I would recommend that anybody undertaking any journey by sea, ensures that the vessel is well serviced and has all the necessary safety equipment. The RNLI can help by supplying a completely free Sea Check. I was certainly glad to get to my bed this morning. "
The other crew members on the lifeboat were Brian Paton and Luke Williams.
Attached jpeg shows Kinghorn Lifeboat with Scott McIlravie and Brian Paton towing the stricken vessel.