Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, operations manager Coastwatch St Monans, east Fife

Children rescued as dinghy blown out to sea

A group of children were rescued after being blown out to sea on a dinghy at Broughty Ferry.
The local lifeboat and coastguard teams were alerted after the youngsters got into trouble while on an inflatable near the beach. They were blown away from shore as hundreds of people headed for the coast amid the good weather.

A spokesman for the coastguards said; “There was an incident involving a number of children who were being blown out to sea in their dinghy. We sent Broughty Ferry lifeboat, Dundee coastguard and Arbroath coastguards rescue teams. All were recovered and brought safety back go shore.”

Girl 15 rescued

A teenage girl was rescued off the Fife coast at Burntisland. The 15 year old had to be rescued in the early hours of the morning with Fire engines, police, ambulance, coastguards teams and coastguard rescue helicopter all at the scene at Burntisland harbour.

An HM Coastguard spokesperson said: “Kinghorn lifeboat along with other emergency services was launched after an alert of person in the water at Burntisland.” The girl was plucked from the water and rushed to hospital.

New coastwatch station

A new Coastwatch station has just opened in west Fife.The station based at Aberdour sands will cover the area at weekends until fully operational. The station becomes the second station in Fife with Coastwatch St Monans station covering the east of the county.

Coastwatch St Monans wish the new station every success in the future once their training period is complete and they become fully operational.

Training vessel rescue

A 68 foot wooden training vessel with eight young persons on board and crew of four were rescued after the vessel lost all power between St Monans and Elie. The vessel put out a May-day call to coastguards who called out Anstruther lifeboat. The lifeboat raced to the stricken vessel, put a tow rope on board and towed her slowly into Pittenweem harbour. During the rescue two local yachts gave assistance. Coastwatch St Monans also kept a visual watch from their lookout station.

Coastwatch on radio

Coastwatch St Monans appeared on the Irish station radio Kerry recently when they spoke about the work they do to make it safe for seafarers and those who use our beaches, cliffs, harbour and coastal paths.

The presenter of the programme asked operations manager John kinsman about the team and what incidents they attend and how many volunteers are in the team. After the end of interview the presenter wished the team good luck in the future and play a request for the team called Rescue.

Call out

St Monans Coastwatch team were alerted by HM Coastguards to an empty tent spotted at the shoreline below the coastal paths at Ruby Bay near Elie. The large blue tent was spotted by walkers who called the coastguards. Coastwatch St Monans team were called out to investigate and six team members under the command of deputy manager Anne Kinsman raced to the scene.

On arrival at the scene a full search was carried out and the owners of the tent were traced walking along the coastal path.
The Coastwatch team advised them to remove the tent to a safer place. The team informed coastguards of outcome and returned to station.

Blue tent on the shoreline.

Featured image shows the Coastwatch St Monans base, in the old St Monans windmill.