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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

SQUALL CATCHES BROKEN DOWN BOAT

27/08/2010

27th August 2010


Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers completed a busy week when they were called out to a broken down boat off Kinghorn on Friday evening.

Forth Coastguard received a request for assistance after the vessel suffered engine problems whilst on a fishing trip. They requested the launch of Kinghorn Lifeboat at 5.43pm, with the Lifeboat launching six minutes later.

The 5m wooden vessel, Valerie 2, had left Pettycur harbour with two persons onboard. The casualty’s engine kept stopping, and with the squally conditions in the area at the time, the casualty rapidly drifted southeast towards the shipping channel.

Kinghorn Lifeboat located the boat beside number 8 channel buoy, approximately one mile south of Kinghorn.

Helmsman Neil Chalmers recalls the rescue “We launched to a report of a broken down boat off Pettycur. We spotted an object some distance to the south, near the main shipping channel, and made our way towards it. The weather conditions were deteriorating at the time with a strong north-westerly wind and waves up to one meter.”

“As we got closer it became clear that the object was a small boat. A local dive boat was also responding to the Coastguard’s request for assistance.”

“We located the boat next to the channel marker and they requested a tow due to an engine fault and the poor weather. We immediately rigged a tow and proceeded to Pettycur.”

Neil continued “The two occupants were relieved to see us, as the conditions were making it quite uncomfortable.”

Also joining Neil on this rescue were Mark Brown, Luke Williams and Megan Davidson. Tractor driver Steve Brown launched the Lifeboat.

This was the third call-out of the week for the Kinghorn volunteers.