Mystery of empty drifting boat

Dunbar lifeboat queen elect Ashley Fairbairn visits the station with her court. Pictured left to right are Jenna Peters (attendant), Ashley Fairbairn, Lee Courtney (herald), Aimee Morrison (attendant) and Rosa Lavery (flower girl).
Dunbar lifeboat queen elect Ashley Fairbairn visits the station with her court. Pictured left to right are Jenna Peters (attendant), Ashley Fairbairn, Lee Courtney (herald), Aimee Morrison (attendant) and Rosa Lavery (flower girl).

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers recovered a local boat spotted drifting off the harbour with no one on board.

The incident came a week after the same 16-foot boat was targeted by thieves and had about £1,200 worth of gear stolen from its locked cabin.

The boat was spotted drifting just outside the harbour entrance by a member of the public about 9.30am on Sunday. Coastguards requested assistance from the town’s RNLI inshore lifeboat which launched and took the drifting boat under tow and returned it to the harbour.

It is understood the boat’s mooring ropes had been cut.

Dunbar’s inshore boat was called to the aid of a broken down local pleasure boat on Wednesday afternoon. The skipper of ‘Got a Life’ requested assistance from coastguards after his main engine broke down and an auxiliary motor had failed to start.

Helmsman Garry Crowe said: “It was a bit of a tricky tow back to the harbour but was good experience for my crew.”

Meanwhile Dunbar’s lifeboat queen elect and her court visited the town’s RNLI station on Friday to meet the crew and inspect “her” lifeboats.

Ashley Fairbairn (14) will be crowned on Dunbar’s Lifeboat Day (July 18) at the annual fete.

RNLI Dunbar Branch fundraising convener Veronica Davies said: “It was lovely to welcome Ashley and her court to the station and let her meet some of the volunteers and see the inshore lifeboat.

“It is a great honour to be made lifeboat queen and we are sure Ashley will enjoy her big day.”

Dunbar RNLI lifeboat fete is one of the highlights of the summer season and attracts visitors from all over the county and wider afield.

The funds raised on the day make a substantial contribution to the running of the station with its two lifeboats.