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KINGHORN LIFEBOAT ASSIST YACHT IN EARLY MORNING DIFFICULTY

31/05/2015

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were paged at 00.15am to provide assistance to a yacht which had got into difficulties in Aberlady Bay on Sunday morning.

The crew were tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard following a call for assistance from a 30’ sailing vessel which had suffered a broken genoa sail and difficulty with the main sail in variable winds. The yacht’s engine had then failed.

The vessel was sailing for Fisherrow harbour when the lifeboat located it. Due to the low speed of the yacht and tidal limitations at Fisherrow, the yacht was taken under tow to Port Seton.

Helmsman Neil Chalmers said, ‘We quickly located the yacht using our onboard radar and direction finding equipment. The yacht was making 3-4 kts, but the wind was variable and this speed soon decreased.

‘A decision was made to head to Port Seton and we towed the yacht to improve progress. The casualty vessel was then towed alongside into the harbour. Fisherrow Coastguard Rescue Team was in attendance to assist with berthing of the boat, which was much appreciated by the team.’

The crew on this occasion were Neil Chalmers, Joanne Wibberley, Kenny Davidson, Richard Malcomson and Steve Robinson.

Kinghorn Lifeboat Station has a number of events coming up. On Sunday 14th June the crew will attend a Re-dedication service at Kinghorn Parish Church, and then final preparations will begin for the annual Open Day on Saturday 11th July, between Noon and 4pm. This is a great day out for the whole family with lots of attractions such as beach games and stalls, with the highlight being a rescue demonstration with the lifeboat and a Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter.