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Report from Dunbar RNLI:  "Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crew had a rude awakening on the morning of Feb.9th when the pagers went off at 2.25am to join our RNLI colleagues from Anstruther in assisting a fishing boat stranded without power near the Isle of May.

The Ullapool-registered vessel had lost its steering then suffered engine failure after setting sail from Eyemouth for a night’s fishing at midnight.
When Dunbar’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat arrived on scene Anstruther’s Mersey class had already begun towing the fishing boat towards Pittenweem harbour in the hope that the pair of lifeboats would be able to manoeuvre the vessel in there. Dunbar’s ALB took over the tow but by 4am it was clear, with an ebbing tide, that it would not be possible to safely enter the harbour. The decision was taken to take the boat to Methil, where the tide would be favourable at around 11am. In worsening conditions, amid three metre waves and high winds with gusts of up to 60mph, the two crews safely moored the boat into Methil harbour shortly after 11am.
Dunbar deputy second coxswain Gordon Mackay said: 'It was a tricky job in challenging conditions and we were delighted it went well.'

We are grateful to the help of Anstruther crew and in particular Will Wood who joined us on board to provide vital local knowledge. We’re also grateful to Leanne Taylor, helm at Kinghorn lifeboat, who was on duty at Methil and kindly provided some much-needed sustenance after ten hours at sea!"

Photo from Dunbar RNLI's FB page.

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