Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat was called into action for the second time this weekend when a dive boat lost its engine off Burntisland on Sunday at 4.30pm.
The dive boat, a small 4.5m inflatable had launched from Burntisland and had been proceeding east in shallow water when they hit the seabed near the Black rock causing the engine to fall off the boat and leaving them drifting.
The boat with four men from Dunfermline onboard then drifted east to Pettycur Harbour where they ended up washing against the seaward side of the harbour wall. Local residents tried to get a line to the boat before Kinghorn Lifeboat arrived on scene. Weather conditions were poor, with a force 5 westerly at the time, and one-meter waves.
Helmsman Rob Moore recounted, “we arrived on scene to find the casualty vessel being battered by waves against the harbour break water and people on the pier trying to assist. We got the boat moved into the harbour and relative shelter where we rigged a tow line and took the boat back to Burntisland due to the difficult conditions at Pettycur.”
“The casualties were all wearing dive suits and were uninjured”
“This seems to have been a case of bad luck, however it highlights how a situation can escalate, and a few precautions can help avert a more serious incident. People should be aware of where they are going, the effect the prevailing conditions can have, as well as making sure the boat is properly prepared. This includes having equipment such as an anchor, drogue and suitable general purpose ropes.”
Also on board the lifeboat were Leanne Fisher and Neil Martin. Ian McLean was the tractor driver who launched the lifeboat.