Young sailor’s lucky break after theft

Reece McAndrew (left) with Kieran Wilson who found Lucky 7
Reece McAndrew (left) with Kieran Wilson who found Lucky 7

AN 11-year-old sailor has thanked a teenage Samaritan for saving his summer after he found his stolen rowing boat and towed it back to harbour.

Reece McAndrew’s pride and joy, ‘Lucky 7’ was stolen in the early hours of Friday morning from Pettycur Harbour in Kinghorn.

His mum Angela McAndrew had contacted the police and posted pictures on Facebook to appeal for help locating it, but in truth didn’t hold out much hope.

That was until the following day when Kinghorn Bay Sailing Club member Kieran Wilson (15), spotted the distinctive blue vessel hidden at Seafield Tower, Kirkcaldy.

“We are absolutely delighted the boat was returned,” Angela told the Press.

“It was purely just chance that Kieran saw it as it had been pulled off the beach and tucked into bushes.

“He recognised it as Reece’s boat though and towed it back to the harbour which was very kind of him. He is a lovely lad.

“We were very lucky to get it back - it’s been quite badly scratched and has obviously been buffeted about a bit.”

Reece, a P7 pupil at Torbain Primary, however is just delighted to have his boat back.

He, along with his dad Gordon, had worked on it over the past year putting gunnels and a seat in and then painting it.

He said: “I was very excited and happy when I got my boat back.

“I was quite shocked to see that someone had taken it but I was really glad when Kieran brought it back,

“I said thanks to him and then I gave him a hug.

“It’s a bit scratched so we will have to paint it - we were thinking of doing it yellow as we have another yellow boat and my dad said we could have two banana boats.”

Reece’s family, including big sister Georgia, live in Kircaldy and are all keen sailors.

Dad is chairman of Pettycur Harbour Boat and Hut Users Group (PHBHUG), which looks at the interests of all of the users of the harbour, and mum is secretary.

The family has shed at the harbour and can often be seen coming in and out and making use of their canoes and boats etc.

Although delighted the boat has been found Angela would still like to know who took it.

She added: “There have been a few rumours going around that there was a party and someone decided to take the boat and row it out into the Forth.

“There is a great community spirit out there though.

“PHBHUG are obviously very vigilant as are other members of the community and finding it was just a prime example of the community working together and doing each other a good turn when they can.

“These things happen. I think it’s just been youngsters, we may well find out.”