Boat cut loose by vandals sinks in east coast harbour

The boat Sea Spray , sales from Port Seton harbour tonight , followed by seagulls. '   '     PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

The boat Sea Spray , sales from Port Seton harbour tonight , followed by seagulls. ' ' PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

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A KIRKCALDY boat was left to sink after it was cut loose in what is thought to have been an attack by vandals.

The Sea Spray vessel had been left to moor at Port Seton Harbour, East Lothian on Thursday evening by its two owners, but when they spotted it the next morning it was quickly filling with water and tilting on its side.

Forth Coastguard said it suspected the boat’s mooring lines had been cut by somebody acting maliciously. A police investigation is ongoing.

It is believed the ropes could have been cut on the boat while the tide was out. Emergency services were alerted when the Kirkcaldy-registered craft began filling with water at around 10.00 a.m.

The coastguard, fire service and police were called to the incident, where they worked quickly to remove the water.

It’s understood the owners were trying to re-float the boat at the weekend, although it will take time to dry out the accommodation and electrics on the vessel.

A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: “There is an amount of damage to the boat, its accommodation and the electrics will need to be dried out.

‘‘The skipper will make a judgment call on whether it can sail again.”

Three coastguard officers attended the incident, as well as fire appliances from Musselburgh, Tranent and Marionville.