RNLI member fisherman saved by lifeboat pals off Dunbar coast

Dunbar Lifeboat Volunteers saved their fellow RNLI member on Tuesday night.
Dunbar Lifeboat Volunteers saved their fellow RNLI member on Tuesday night.
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Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers came to the rescue of one of their own crew members on Tuesday night when his fishing boat ran into trouble.

UK Coastguard paged for the lifeboat at 6.30pm after the fishing vessel Spitfire – owned by Robert Davies and son Rowan, a Dunbar volunteer – became tail tied on its own net.

Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from its mooring at Torness Power Station at 6.57pm and reached the stricken Spitfire five miles north of the town 20 minutes later.

A tow was quickly set up but because of the state of tide it was deemed too risky to return to the harbour.

That meant a five-hour wait until 1am when it was deemed safe enough to attempt an approach.

In 20mph wind and a considerable amount of swell, the crew of the ALB John Neville Taylor shortened the tow line and guided the Spitfire to a safe berth at about 1.20am.

The ALB then returned to Torness where by 2.45am it was refuelled and ready for service.

Founded in 1824, the RNLI operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.