Pollution alert after boat sinks in Dunbar harbour

Dunbar RNLI
Dunbar RNLI

FIRE crews and council staff have been dealing with an oil spill after a fishing boat sank in Dunbar Harbour at the weekend.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency also sent a team to help with the spill.

The incident began around 9m on Saturday when the fishing vessel Angusina was discovered to have sunk at her berth in the town’s Cromwell Harbour about 6.30am.

Fishermen raised the alarm and Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers and the local fire brigade attended.

An RNLI spokesman said: “It appears the boat took on water through ventilation outlets when it settled badly against the harbour wall.

“One of our volunteer crewmen and a fire officer boarded the vessel and with the aid of heavy pumping equipment managed to refloat it.

“However the operation had to stop when quantities of fuel oil ended up in the harbour.

“We then waited for East Lothian Council staff to arrive and assist in deploying booms to stop the spread of the oil.”