UPDATE: Rower towed into Dunbar thanks RNLI

New Dunbar Lifeboat enters the harbour
New Dunbar Lifeboat enters the harbour

A rower has tweeted his thanks to Dunbar RNLI after his round-Britain challenge came to a temporary stop in bad weather.

52 year old Charlie Pitcher had to be towed by the RNLI lifeboat into the harbour after a freshening wind forced the halt yesterday evening (Wednesday June 17).

Aberdeen coastguard requested the launch of the ALB at 6.31pm after a member of the public reported a boat which appeared to be adrift around 300 yards offshore at Thortonloch.

The ALB launched from Torness harbour at 6.50pm and upon reaching the vessel, it turned out to be Charlie Pitcher, who is currently attempting to row solo around Britain, a feat no-one has yet achieved.

Charlie had deployed his anchor with the intention of waiting out the weather before continuing on his journey. Coxswain Gary Fairbairn advised Charlie that although he was sheltered at that time, the weather was forecast to deteriorate and where he was anchored would not remain sheltered.  

It was decided to take the boat under tow to Dunbar harbour to await the weather improving before continuing. Given the size of the vessel and the sea conditions, the ALB towed the vessel at around 6 knots back up to Dunbar, at which point the ILB was launched to take over the tow and bring the vessel safely into the harbour. 

A round Britain rowing challenge has had a temporary stoppage when bad weather forced an unscheduled stop at Dunbar.'52 year old Charlie Pitcher had to be towed by RNLI lifeboat into the East Lothian harbour when a freshening wind forced the halt.

A round Britain rowing challenge has had a temporary stoppage when bad weather forced an unscheduled stop at Dunbar.'52 year old Charlie Pitcher had to be towed by RNLI lifeboat into the East Lothian harbour when a freshening wind forced the halt.

After managing to borrow some fenders to allow the boat to moor outside another boat in the harbour without damaging the outriggers, the boat was made fast and the ILB returned to station.

This morning Charlie tweeted: “Much appreciated effort by Garry, Gordon and crew. Big thanks for assisting me into Dunbar shelter. Impossible without you!”