DANGERS OF DINGHYS
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 8.45pm on Tuesday following reports of a dinghy adrift off Portobello.
The small inflatable leisure dinghy with four male teenagers between 13 and 16 years old was found around 800 yards offshore.
The lifeboat arrived on scene some 13 minutes after launching and located the dinghy.
Crewmember Brian Paton recounted, “we arrived on scene to find the dinghy with the four occupants quite unaware of the potential danger they were in. The occupants were not wearing lifejackets and had no other safety equipment with them.”
“The teenagers were quite happy in the dinghy and were enjoying the great weather at the time, however we advised them to head towards the shore and we escorted them back to the awaiting Coastguard Rescue Team from Fisherrow”
Brian continued, “I would take this opportunity to remind people that inflatable dinghy’s are not suitable for use on large expanses of water such as the Forth, and when using dinghies in the sea, to wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid and have someone on the beach supervising.”
Also on board the lifeboat were Joanne Wibberley, Mark Brown and Iain Tulloch. Steve Brown was the tractor driver who launched the lifeboat.