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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were diverted from exercise on Sunday morning to assist a broken down fishing boat off Seton Sands, East Lothian following a request for assistance to the coastguard.

Forth Coastguard received a VHF radio call from a fishing vessel around 11.35am reporting that a 7.5m fishing vessel, the Windermere had broken down in Gosford Bay and required assistance. The Coastguard immediately requested Kinghorn Lifeboat to divert from training west of Burntisland to the casualty’s location.

The lifeboat proceeded to the location and arrived on scene at midday. The fishing vessel, with one person onboard, had been laying lobster creels when the engine had failed and was close to shore. The lifeboat connected a towline to the fishing vessel and towed the boat to Port Seton.

Volunteer crewmember Mark Brown said, “We had heard the initial call for assistance on the radio during one of our regular training exercises. The Coastguard then requested Kinghorn Lifeboat to immediately proceed to the fishing vessel Windermere which had broken down off Seton Sands.

“It only took us 15 minutes to arrive on scene helped by the excellent weather conditions. The fishing vessel was near rocks and we immediately set up a tow to get the vessel away from the danger. Fortunately there were only light westerly winds.

“We towed the casualty vessel to Port Seton where we were just able to get the vessel alongside due to the low tide.”

The local Coastguard rescue team from North Berwick assisted the casualty on arrival at Port Seton.

The lifeboat returned to Kinghorn at 2.40pm, where the volunteer crew of Helm Joanne Wibberley, crewmembers Mark Brown, Neil Martin and Megan Davidson and tractor driver Steve Brown spent a further hour washing and refuelling the lifeboat ready for its next shout.