Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman. Featured image shows the sea swimming pool at St Monans.

Fishing vessel rescue

Anstruther lifeboat crew paged shortly before 6.15am on the morning of March 1st to assist a fishing boat that was taking on water 10 miles to east of Fife Ness. The lifeboat arrived at the location just over an hour later after the alarm was raised and three crew members were transferred to the fishing vessel. Armed with two pumps they began to flush water from the boat.
The UK Coastguard rescue helicopter based in Inverness was called to bring extra pumps to help clear water from the fishing vessel. The rescue helicopter was stood down when the three lifeboat volunteers were able to bring the water intake under control.
The fishing vessel was escorted back to the safety of Anstruther Harbour shortly after 1.30pm.

Teenager dies in canoe accident

A 15 year old girl died in a canoeing accident on the River Tweed in the Borders. Emergency services were called out to reports of an incident on the water near Kelso at about 3pm on Monday March 22nd. The Borders water rescue team and a helicopter joined police, fire and ambulance crews at the scene.
The body was recovered from the water shortly afterwards. Police Scotland said the girls family were informed.
A police spokesperson said, “We were called around 3pm to a report of a canoeist getting into trouble on the River Tweed near Kelso. Emergency services attended and a rescue operation launched. The body of a 15 year old girl was recovered from the water a short time later”.

Swimming pool cleaned

The disused swimming pool at St Monans which was closed by Fife council many years ago is set for a new lease of life thanks to a few local volunteers. Recently serval locals have been swimming in the pool which is covered by sea water on each high tide. But the pool which is situated on the shoreline near the coastal path was full of large boulders, plastic bottles and other dangerous debris. Due to the efforts of the volunteers the pool was drained and cleared and within the next few weeks the pool will be back in use for locals and visitors to use after more than 30 years. Well done to all…

Ready for Action

Coastwatch St Monans volunteer crew are getting ready for the forthcoming summer sailing season. Covid restrictions permitting, the St Monans team of eight volunteers work from their base in the old windmill to the east of St Monans village. The station is manned each day by at least two volunteers but all crew are on 24/7 call out duty.
The team cover a 12 mile stretch of coastline from Pittenweem to Lower Largo. Coastwatch St Monans attends several incidents including boats in trouble, missing persons, cliff rescues and much more.

St Monans Windmill, now the base for the Coastguards

On the 6th March 1987 the ferry Herald of Enterprise capsized with her bow doors open leaving Zeebruge Harbour. The ferry sank after flooding below decks. 193 died. RIP not forgotten.