Pumps flown out to sinking yacht

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat went to the rescue of a yacht that was taking in water in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 20 metere yacht RANI, with four people on board, was thought to be in danger of sinking approximately 13 miles east of Eyemouth when it put out a distress call.

When the Eyemouth crew arrived and made ready its salvage pump, an RAF Sea King helicopter had already beaten them to it and had transferred two pumps down to the yacht. The pumps were put to work immediately and the ingress of water was stemmed.

Eyemouth lifeboat stood by as the yacht made its way towards the Firth of Forth where its owners had arranged to dock at Leith for repairs.

Dunbar lifeboat took over escorting the RANI once it was east of Dunbar and Eyemouth lifeboat returned to station after a six hour rescue mission.