Sinking boat rescued off Dunbar

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat rushed to the aid of a fishing boat taking on water and in danger of sinking early on Saturday morning.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th October 2010, 9:39 am

The three man crew of the 16 metre Shepherd Lad put out a Mayday call at about 7am asking for immediate assistance when their pumps were overcome by the water being taken on.

Coastguards asked Dunbar’s RNLI Lifeboat the John Neville Taylor to go to their aid.

Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “The fishing boat was about six miles North East of Dunbar when we reached him and the boat was filling up fast.

Sign up to our daily Berwickshire News Today newsletter

“I transferred two of our crew and a salvage pump onto her and we were able to do little more than stop the boat sinking.

“There was so much water in the boat that we couldn’t find where it was coming in and so we headed back to Dunbar as quickly as possible.

“We were met by the local fire service who did a great job with their high capacity pumps getting enough water out to allow the boat to be beached in the inner harbour area.”

The Shepherd Lad was on passage from Holland to Grimsby to collect fishing gear before going on to her home port in Orkney.

The crew were carrying out repairs earlier this week.