Kinghorn crew rescue man from sinking yacht

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew rescuing a lone yachtsman after he ran aground on rocks south of Inchkeith Island.
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew rescuing a lone yachtsman after he ran aground on rocks south of Inchkeith Island.

The crew at Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat station rescued a lone yachtsman on Saturday after he ran aground on rocks south of Inchkeith Island.

The 19’ yacht ran aground on the Briggs rocks, a reef to the south of the island, and began to sink after sustaining hull damage.

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew rescuing a lone yachtsman after he ran aground on rocks south of Inchkeith Island.

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew rescuing a lone yachtsman after he ran aground on rocks south of Inchkeith Island.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted just after 2.00 p.m. and arrived on scene to find the vessel aground and being battered against rocks by waves.

The yacht’s skipper, a man in his 60s from West Lothian, was taken off the boat as it was listing in the swell, causing the gunwales to be submerged.

Lifeboat helm, Mark Brown said, “The sailing yacht was heading westwards when it struck rocks south of Inchkeith.

“The skipper broadcast a mayday after the boat became holed and started taking on water.

“When we arrived the boat was being dumped onto the rock due to the swell so we took the yacht owner onto the lifeboat and transferred one of our crew onto the yacht to setup a tow.

“We were able to tug the yacht off the rock but it was noted to have a list due to the quantity of water ingressing through the hull.

“Our salvage pump was put onboard the casualty vessel to manage the water and this slowed the rise, but there was still around half a metre in the yacht.”

The crew towed the yacht towed to Granton harbour where the Fisherrow Coastguard Rescue Team was on hand to assist with tying up the boat and preparing it to be taken out of the water.

Mr Brown added: “This man was fortunate in that he made good use of his VHF radio to issue a Mayday call for assistance.

“It is unclear what caused this incident, but we would always recommend that a good lookout is maintained at sea, including the use of charts and electronic aids.”

The crew, Mark Brown, Joanne Wibberley, Richard Malcomson, Kenny Davidson and Steve Robinson, returned to Kinghorn after the boat was secured at Granton.