Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, station manager at Coastwatch St Monans, east Fife.

New Anstruther Lifeboat Station

Plans for a new lifeboat station at Anstruther, Fife have been approved by councillors although a question mark remains over the future of the existing historic building. Members of Fife council north east planning committee agreed to rubber stamp the RNLI blueprint for a purpose built facility on east shore.

It will accommodate an upgrade of the village’s all-weather lifeboat to a newer Shannon class lifeboat which could reduce life-saving response times. But a separate application for conservation area consent to knock down the existing base, which was built in 1904 to make way for car parking was also approved despite community calls to save it.

Featured image shows an artist’s impression of how the new lifeboat station will look

Coastwatch Busy

Coastwatch St Monans team were busy last month. They were tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard to two incidents, one to a local creel boat that lost all power and was drifting towards rocks close to St Monans. Coastwatch St Monans team were requested to proceed to the location and keep visual on the stricken boat until arrival of a lifeboat. The creel boat and two persons on board were then towed to the safety of St Monans harbour.

In another incident Coastwatch St Monans team were alerted to a paddle boarder missing in the area. The team were tasked to keep watch for the missing paddle boarder from shore while lifeboats carried out a search. After a search lasting over an hour the paddle boarder was located and taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to shore. He was cold but unhurt.
Coastwatch St Monans team on on call were in charge deputy manager Anne Kinsman, John McLean, Bob McDonald, Cameron McDonald, Beth McLean and Kevin McLeod.

Passenger Boat

The passenger ferry May Princess that operates between Anstruther and the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth put out a mayday call after she suffered engine problems. On receiving the distress call Aberdeen Coastguards launched both Anstruther Lifeboats and Leven Coastguard rescue team. Arriving on scene the lifeboat secured a tow line to the May Princess and towed her and her passengers back to Anstruther harbour where they were met by the Coastguard team. All passengers and crew were landed safely and there were no injuries.

Finally…

Marine correspondent John Kinsman would like to thank Aberdeen Coastguard operation centre, Coastwatch St Monans team, Editor Voice for Arran and Mr Chris Chittle (Eric Pollard in Emerdale) Patron of Coastwatch St Monans for their cards and kind wishes during his operation in August. John has now recovered and is back at Coastwatch duty and work.

Picture shows Coastwatch St Monans volunteer Bob McDonald and deputy station manager Anne Kinsman keeping watch for the the missing paddle boarder