Anstruther Lifeboats come to the rescue of historic vessel

The Reaper is towed into the harbour. (Picture by Roger Grundy/RNLI.)
The Reaper is towed into the harbour. (Picture by Roger Grundy/RNLI.)

In a great show of teamwork, Anstruther Lifeboats brought the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s herring drifter “The Reaper” safely into harbour on Friday.

The Anstruther Lifeboats were called to the assistance of the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s herring drifter, “The Reaper”.

Reaper skipper Mike Barton and his crew had been taking part in some filming at St Andrews and were making their way back to Anstruther harbour in strong winds and challenging sea conditions when, on the final approach to the harbour, the steering gear failed.

Both lifeboats were launched and coxswain Alex Purves and his team soon had the historic vessel under tow and back into the safety of the harbour.

The rescue operation followed a busy previous weekend when there had been call-outs on both days.

Firstly, the all-weather Mersey class lifeboat was called to Inchkeith Island to assist colleagues from Kinghorn Lifeboat Station deal with a yacht that had run aground.

Anstruther Lifeboat has the Reaper under tow. (Picture by Roger Grundy/RNLI.)

Anstruther Lifeboat has the Reaper under tow. (Picture by Roger Grundy/RNLI.)

The following evening, both Anstruther Lifeboats were called to the Chain Walk at Elie where a walker had suffered a diabetic ‘hypo’ incident and subsequently required airlifted by rescue helicopter to hospital for medical treatment.

Anstruther Lifeboat tows the Reaper into the safety of the harbour.

Anstruther Lifeboat tows the Reaper into the safety of the harbour.