Kinghorn Lifeboat in early morning rescue

Kinghorn Lifeboat. Pic by Neil Chalmers Kinghorn RNLI
Kinghorn Lifeboat. Pic by Neil Chalmers Kinghorn RNLI

Kinghorn Lifeboat was called out to help a yacht which had got into difficulties in Aberlady Bay on Sunday morning.

The crew were contacted by Aberdeen Coastguard following a call for assistance from a 30-foot sailing vessel which had suffered a broken sail and had difficulty with the main sail in variable winds. The yacht’s engine had then failed.

The vessel was sailing for Fisherrow harbour when the lifeboat located it. Due to its low speed and tidal limitations at Fisherrow, the yacht was towed to Port Seton.

Neil Chalmers, helmsman, said: “We quickly located the yacht using our onboard radar and direction-finding equipment. The yacht was travelling at 3-4 knots, but the wind was variable and this speed soon decreased.

“A decision was made to head to Port Seton and we towed the yacht to improve progress. The casualty vessel was then towed into the harbour.

“Fisherrow Coastguard rescue team was in attendance to help berth the boat, which was much appreciated by the team.”

The Kinghorn lifeboat crew on the callout were Neil Chalmers, Joanne Wibberley, Kenny Davidson, Richard Malcomson and Steve Robinson.

Kinghorn lifeboat station has a number of events coming up. On Sunday, June 14, the crew will attend a re-dedication service at Kinghorn Parish Church to mark its Golden Jubilee.

Final preparations are also being made for the annual Open Day on July 11, between 12-4.00 p.m. The event is a great day out for all the family with attractions such as beach games and stalls. The highlight is a rescue demonstration with the lifeboat and a Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter.