Lifeboats save yacht from grounding on Bass Rock

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Dunbar’s two RNLI lifeboats went to the aid of a single handed sailor whose yacht ended up a metre away from grounding on Bass Rock after getting caught in lobster pots.

The yacht, the Mary Lou, was on passage from the Forth to its home port of Amble when it got fouled in ropes from lobster pots. The skipper asked coastguards for help and they in turned requested the Dunbar Lifeboats to assist.

When the station’s ILB the Jimmy Miff got on scene the wind and tide had pushed the eight metre yacht to within an arm’s length of the rock face.

Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “The ILB crew quickly managed to get a line on board the yacht and pulled him clear of the rock before any damage was done.

“One of the crew, Alan Ross, went into the water to cut the yacht free from the creel rope, and then reattach the line to a bouy, and held the yacht in position until we arrived with the All Weather Boat.

“We towed the casualty back to Dunbar where he was able to free up the propeller and do some minor repairs.”