Marine News

From John Kinsman, at St Monan’s Coastwatch, East Fife.

Ship Transporting Live Fish Breaks Down

The crew of a ship carrying live fish had to be rescued on Tuesday November 14th after the vessel broke down. The MVF Migdale with four persons on board got into difficulty close to Ardnamurchan point. The skipper dropped anchor at the end of the Sound of Mull while waiting assistance. The Migdale was then towed to Mallaig by another vessel in the early hours of Wednesday 15th November and Tobermory Lifeboat offered assistance.

People urged to stay away from grey seals

Animal welfare experts are warning people not to approach seals as the pupping season gets under way. It comes after an angler was forced to scale cliffs to escape a colony of aggressive seals he encountered on a beach.

Grey seals come ashore to give birth in the autumn and winter and people are urged to stay away from them and keep dogs on leads. The Scottish SPCA experts care for more than 100 grey seal pups over the course of the winter season.

Scottish SPCA spokesman Colin Sedden said, “Grey seals come ashore to give berth in autumn and winter which is why we see such an increase at this time of year. We are urging the public not to approach seal pups which have come ashore and to keep dogs on leads in case they frighten them into the water. If you spot a seal pup with white coat on a public beach please contact our animal helpline as chances are it is in trouble and needs our help. Grey seal pups which no longer have a white coat may still need help if they are on a public beach for more than four hours or have visible signs of injury such as bleeding, glued together eyes or looking unwell.”

The angler was rescued from a cliff face in total darkness after he was forced to flee a colony of aggressive seals. Around 50 of the animals and their young pups turned on the angler as he walked along the beach near Eyemouth, in the Borders. He scrambled to the cliffs and was rescued by a Coastguard team.

Coastwatch St Monan Team Called Out

On Monday night November 19th, Aberdeen Coastguard control room paged St. Monans Coastwatch team after a local fishing boat lost all power while fishing for prawns about 1 mile off St. Monans. Coastwatch St. Monans team raced to cliff tops over-looking the area and made visual contact with the stricken vessel and reported the situation to Aberdeen Coastguard. Aberdeen Coastguard called out Anstruther Lifeboat who after arriving on the scene towed the stricken vessel to its home port of Pittenweem. St Monan’s Coastguard team were station manager John Kinsman and deputy manager Anne Kinsman.