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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

EARLY MORNING WAKE UP FOR RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT

24/08/2011


Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called from their beds on Monday morning following a request for assistance from a disabled vessel off Gullane bay.

Forth Coastguard received a call from the 32 feet motor-sailer Shona reporting that they had suffered a fuel blockage and were drifting with two persons onboard.

The lifeboat launched at 04.55am and proceeded to the reported position which was approximately one mile west of Redhouse point. The vessel had drifted in the moderate westerly wind nearly one mile to the north when the lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:18am

Helmsman Neil Chalmers said, “We arrived at the casualty vessel less than 25 minutes after launch and found them drifting in the wind in a waves of 1 –1.5m. The boat had come from Peterhead overnight.

“It was decided that the best course of action was to establish a tow with the Shona, and we towed her back to Fisherrow harbour.

“The tow was quite slow to begin with due to the size of the boat and the force 4/5 headwind. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat coped well however, and we had the vessel tied up at Fisherrow by 07:55am. The experienced sailors were relieved to be back in the safety of the harbour.

“The boat was well maintained and it just shows that bad luck can befall even the best prepared vessel.”

The Lifeboat then returned to Kinghorn at 08:10am where the volunteer crew washed and refuelled the boat ready for its next mission. This took a further 45 minutes before the crew were able to go home and get to their workplaces. Callouts at this time of day certainly rely on the goodwill of employers who support volunteer lifeboat crew members.

On this callout the boat was also crewed by Brian Paton, Iain Tulloch and Piotr Lazarczyk. The lifeboat was launched by Brian Crow and recovered by Richard Malcolmson.