Dunbar trawler and crew are rescued

The Scorpion being taken in tow after being refloated.
The Scorpion being taken in tow after being refloated.

The two-man crew of a Dunbar-based trawler have been rescued today in an operation involving a barge and RNLI lifeboat after their stricken vessel was swept onto an island in the Firth of Forth.

The boat – the Dunbar-based Scorpion – got into difficulties this morning at 5.20am after ropes became trapped in its propeller.

The vessel was pushed by the strong winds and tide onto Craigleith Island off North Berwick.

Coastguards asked for help from passing shipping an a barge, the Coastal Discovery, went to the casualties assistance as lifeboat crews were scrambled.

The Scorpion’s hull was damaged in the grounding and was taking in water.

The two Dunbar lifeboats put three crew and a pump on board and managed to stem the flow and pump enough water out to allow the casualty to be towed back to its home port.

Dunbar RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “The crew of the boat had deployed their life raft fearing they may have to abandon ship. It was fortune the barge was in the area and able to tow the Scorpion off before any greater damage was suffered.”