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Anstruther RNLI launch to windsurfer attempting to cross the Firth of Forth

Lifeboats News Release

Both lifeboats from Anstruther were tasked by the UK Coastguard tonight (Friday 28 July) after a call was made by someone in Anstruther who spotted the windsurfer in difficulty south of the May island.

The eagle-eyed caller spotted the windsurfer while looking through a telescope from their home in Anstruther. Dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard, the lifeboats were tasked to begin a search to locate the lone surfer.

After a short search, the windsurfer was located 10 miles from Anstruther and was a further six miles from his destination - Dunbar. The decision was made to take the individual to the safety of the closer Dunbar harbour.

The volunteer crew at Dunbar launched their inshore lifeboat to assist with the entry into a narrow and blustery harbour mouth.

Anstruther's inshore lifeboat refuelled in Dunbar and made its way back across the Forth to Anstruther.

Commenting on the rescue, volunteer crew member aboard the inshore lifeboat, Shelley Watson said: 'We would like to praise the efforts of the caller who not only spotted the windsurfer in difficulty but dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard. If you see anyone in difficulty, we ask that you too do as this person did and dial 999 and get help to the person'.

The lifeboats returned to Anstruther to be washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next call - all in time for last orders at the chip shop for those who missed their Friday evening dinner!
Anstruther RNLI launch to windsurfer attempting to cross the Firth of Forth.


Anstruther RNLI launch to windsurfer attempting to cross the Firth of Forth.

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