Fisherman has lucky escape after boat capsizes

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A lone fisherman cheated death when his boat sank in seconds leaving him clinging to wreckage until a lifeboat found him.

The 55-year-old man just managed to make a mayday call to coastguards before the 25-foot vessel rolled over, throwing him into the sea.

Coastguards requested emergency help from Dunbar’s RNLI all weather lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

Dunbar lifeboat coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the stricken boat was about four miles south east of the lifeboat’s berth at Torness Power Station.

He said: “We were on scene in under half an hour - when we got there the bow of the boat was sticking upright out of the water. Where it was lying was too shallow to get the lifeboat close so I had to put one of our crew over the side to swim across in case the man was trapped inside. Crewman Alistair Punton was banging on the outside of the hull to see if there was a response when one of the other lifeboat crew saw the guy floating in the water about 300 years away.

“It was too shallow for the lifeboat so Alistair and crewman Stuart Pirie swam over to him, got a rope round him and he was pulled onboard.”

The fisherman declined hospital treatment.

Watch the dramatic rescue