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Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew had an early call to Portobello on Saturday to recover a drifting inflatable dinghy.

The crew was paged just before 8am following reports of a drifting rowing boat off Portobello beach.

The lifeboat was on scene around 12 minutes after launch and the crew quickly located the vessel, approximately three-quarters of a mile offshore. At this time the Coastguard received a call suggesting that four people may have been seen on the boat earlier in the morning.

Helmsman, Neil Chalmers said, ‘the weather was perfect on scene, with no wind. We located the dinghy very quickly. Just at this time, the Coastguard received a phone call from a member of the public who thought they may have seen four people on the boat around 7am.

‘We began a search of the area around the dinghy, followed by a search off the beach, but nothing was found. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Fisherrow and South Queensferry also joined the search, checking the beach between Seafield and Joppa.

‘Nothing was found, and the search was stood down soon after, with the possible sighting of people onboard put down to a false alarm with good intent.

‘This was a great team effort with our colleagues from the Coastguard quickly mobilising to search the area.

‘It turned out that the dinghy had recently been reported stolen, and it was returned to the police.’

Kinghorn lifeboat returned to station after the search was stood down. The crew was Neil Chalmers, Megan Davidson, Richard Malcomson, and Steve Robinson.