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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action again at 1.45pm on Wednesday following a mayday distress call from a motor cruiser off Cockenzie.

The 7m vessel was on a day trip to Inchkeith island from Dunbar, when a leak developed. There were two adults and two young children onboard.

The mayday message was received by Forth Coastguard who requested the launch of Kinghorn Lifeboat at 1.45pm. The Lifeboat launched 6 minutes later. A rescue helicopter was also tasked to assist.

Helm Joanne Wibberley “The boat had sprung a leak from somewhere beneath the waterline. Fortunately the boat skipper had an operational bilge pump which they used to stem the ingress. We arrived on scene around 2.10pm and took the vessel under tow. It was clear at this point that they were not in any imminent danger and the helicopter was stood down”

“We used the power of our Atlantic 85 lifeboat Tommy Niven to tow the casualty vessel to Granton harbour as that was the nearest harbour with enough water on the ebb tide.”

It is understood that there were no injuries amongst the four people on the boat.

Joanne continued, “Fortunately the boat was well equipped and they were able to alleviate the situation with their own pump. This certainly saved them from a more serious outcome. It highlights the importance of being properly prepared before venturing to sea, as unexpected problems can arise at any time.”

The casualty vessel was tied up in Granton around 3.30pm and the Lifeboat returned to station.

Neil Chalmers