The crew were just returning from an exercise on Sunday when they saw the canoe capsize in a sudden and violent squall.
Deputy second coxswain Brian Cleator was in charge of the boat at the time. He said: “A couple of the crew saw it happen and after a short while we could see he was not able to right the canoe and was being blown out to sea pretty quickly.
“We had just moored up after the exercise so we dropped the mooring again and headed back out to sea. We went with the boat we use for getting on board the all weather lifeboat at Torness and brought him and his canoe back to Skateraw beach where some fellow canoeists were waiting for him.”
The 43-year-old canoeist from the Midlothian areas was unharmed by his experience.