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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action twice on Sunday to assist disabled vessels off Pettycur and Earlsferry.

The first callout at 12.35pm was to an 8m-pleasure boat off Pettycur harbour, Kinghorn which had run out of fuel. The second callout at 4.15pm was to assist a small boat which was towing a broken down boat off Earlsferry.

The first callout was to the vessel Mary Hunter which had been on a short trip from Pettycur. The vessel had run out of fuel approximately 400m off Pettycur. They immediately dropped anchor and contacted the Coastguard by mobile phone. Kinghorn Lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes and towed the vessel back to the pier at Pettycur.

Helm Rob Moore commented, “The vessel was a short distance off Pettycur Harbour when we arrived. We immediately took the boat in tow alongside our Atlantic 85 lifeboat Tommy Niven and back to Pettycur. Fortunately it was a straightforward job with very light wind and few waves on this occasion.”

The second shout of the day was to assist two rigid inflatable boats, one of which was disabled, off Earlsferry. The boat with members of a Dunfermline diving club onboard was towing a 7.5m RIB from Crail to South Queensferry. The smaller towing vessel with the three people on board was struggling due to the weight of the larger boat. They requested assistance and a local fishing vessel, the Wimaway took the larger RIB in tow back towards Pittenweem before they were met by Anstruther Lifeboat who took over the tow.

Meanwhile Kinghorn Lifeboat escorted the smaller towing vessel, a 5m RIB, back to Methil Harbour.

Helm Joanne Wibberley continues, “The small boats’ engines seemed to be slightly underpowered for the task. They were travelling from Crail to South Queensferry, a distance of some 30 nautical miles. When we arrived alongside the casualty it was getting dark, with the wind beginning to increase.”

“Once the 7.5m RIB they were towing was taken back to Pittenweem, the boat was able to make about 15 knots towards Methil. We escorted them to ensure they made it in safely.”

“The passage they were making was quite long for the time of day and the weather forecast. We would always encourage people to make appropriate passage plans in these situations, taking account of the circumstances and distances involved, as well as contingency plans should something unexpected happen.”

The Lifeboat then returned to station to prepare for the next rescue mission. Also on board for both rescues were Mark Brown and Steve Bain. These two shouts took the tally to 70 callouts already this year for Kinghorn Lifeboat Station.