A fishing boat capsized off North Berwick yesterday afternoon, sparking a major alert.
The town’s lifeboat was launched after two men were spotted in the water in the East Bay.
After a brief search of the area the crew of volunteers located one of the men who was holding on to a loose buoy and fuel can to keep him afloat.
The lifeboat picked him up and was told the second man had managed to swim ashore.
The fishermen had been winching up a lobster pot when it became stuck on the bottom. A wave then hit the boat, causing it to capsize and then sink within seconds, throwing them into the sea.
The two men, who had spent up to 20 minutes in the sea, were checked over by ambulance staff and treated for mild hypothermia before being allowed home.
Helmsman Niall Grant said: “The quick response from all involved, including the actions of two members of the public, helped create this positive outcome from what was potentially a very serious incident.”