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DISABLED SPEEDBOAT ASSISTED NORTH OF COCKENZIE

05/06/2016

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat crew was called out to assist a broken down speedboat North of Cockenzie on Saturday afternoon.

The lifeboat crew was paged at 4.20pm on Saturday following a call for assistance from the vessel by mobile phone, after the engine failed.

The lifeboat launched into slight sea conditions, and a force 4 easterly wind, and arrived on scene 15 minutes later.

Lifeboat helm, Mike Chalmers, said, ?We quickly located the boat off Cockenzie where it was drifting.

?The 5m boat had suffered engine failure. The two people onboard were wearing buoyancy aids, and were not suffering from any injuries.

?We took both crew onto the lifeboat and set up a tow of the small boat.

?The vessel was towed back to Port Seton, and we landed the two casualties there to awaiting coastguard personnel from North Berwick.

?The RNLI?s current campaign called ?Respect the Water? aims to raise awareness of coastal risks, and reduce the number of incidents, sometimes leading to fatalities, around the coast of the UK and Ireland. Engine failure is the biggest single cause of RNLI callouts to motorboats, and this is the second time we have assisted this boat.

?Boats should be well maintained, and professionally serviced before taking to the water. We would also recommend that proper lifejackets and a VHF radio are used.?

Kinghorn lifeboat crew was Mike Chalmers, Mel McGarva, Suzanne Baillie, Peter Cunningham, and John Ketchin.

Notes to editors
? Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
? Photos show the recovery of the small boat.