Both Dunbar lifeboats were launched earlier this morning (Sun) to assist a fishing boat run aground on rocks near the town’s harbour.
Volunteers were paged at 6.10am after the crew of the Pamela S trawler ran into difficulties at Long Craigs. The net of the 17m boat had picked up a large rock but when the crew moved into shallow water to try to free themselves the net got caught under the hull and the boat ran aground.
UK coastguard requested the D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launch at 6.20am. Once on scene, the volunteers assessed the situation and prepared a tow but given the size of the Pamela S and the fact that there was no immediate danger to crew or vessel a request was made for the all-weather (ALB) to assist.
The coastguard requested the ALB launch but while it was on its way from its mooring in Torness Power Station, a passing Dunbar fishing boat, the May Queen, offered to help. The ILB crew helped set up a tow and the May Queen pulled the Pamela S off the rocks. The three-man crew of the North Shields-based trawler reported no damage to the boat. They then dropped their net and made their way to Dunbar harbour, where they planned to wait for a diver to help recover their net so they could continue fishing.
By 7.20am the Pamela S was tied up in the harbour and the coastguard stood down both lifeboat crews.
ILB: Gaz Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight
ALB: Gordon Mackay, Alan Blair, Kevan Jamieson, Rebecca Miller, Andrzej Hajduk, John-Robert Eunson