Lifeboat rush celebrant to Inchcolm for wedding

File photo of the South Queensferry lifeboat. Picture: TSPL
File photo of the South Queensferry lifeboat. Picture: TSPL
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A LIFEBOAT crew came to the rescue when a wedding couple heading for a ceremony on Inchcolm island discovered the man who was supposed to marry them wasn’t on board the ferry.

Humanist celebrant Tim Maguire was left stranded on the pier at South Queensferry after a timing mix-up.

But after being contacted by the ferry skipper, Queensferry RNLI agreed to lay on an exercise and whisk Mr Maguire across the Firth of Forth to the island.

Bride Leigh Manson, 32, said: “When we realised Tim was not on the boat, I though ‘Oh dear, what are we going to do?’ I was hidden on the boat up with the captain and it was my dad who realised. He asked where Tim was, then we got a phone call saying he was on the pier.”

Mr Maguire said: “I knew there were other boats, but I would be very, very late. The skipper spoke to the RNLI and they very kindly agreed to lay on an exercise.”

The lifeboat crew – Derek Sutton, Michael Harsitt and Craig Maison – kitted Mr Maguire out in a dry suite, lif jacker, helmet and wellies for the high-speed voyage.

Mr Sutton said: “He was a little bit embarrassed. We got him there in about ten minutes and we were delighted to help out.”

The wedding between Ms Manson and groom Gregor Jamieson, 37, at the island’s 12th century abbey went ahead only slightly late with son Aaron, two, as pageboy.

Ms Manson said: “It all went smoothly in the end. I couldn’t have asked for a better time. I really appreciate the RNLI helping us out.”