Father and son rescued off East Haven

Inshore lifeboat on scene
Inshore lifeboat on scene

The father and son crew of a fishing boat which capsized off East Haven this morning (Friday) are in good health according to the RNLI.

At around 11.15 a.m. the Arbroath Lifeboat volunteers were paged to attend a 30 foot fishing boat which had capsized approximately one mile off the coast at East Haven.

According to the RNLI website which publishes details of emergency launches both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched at 11.18 and 11.19 a.m.

The two men aboard the capsized vessel were picked up by another fishing boat which was in the area.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at approximately 11:35 a.m. and assisted with towing the capsized vessel into West Haven.

Arbroath Lifeboat’s full-time mechanic Allan Russell said: “he two guys in the water were helped by the fact that they were wearing lifejackets and it was really good that the nearby fishing vessel was able to assist.

“We assisted with the tow and then stood by in case further assistance was required.”

Both casualties were in good health despite the incident.

An HM Coastguard rescue team was waiting on the beach to render assistance if needed.

A spokesperson for Carnoustie HM Coastguard said: “Shortly after 11 a.m. today HM Coastguard were notified to reports of a small fishing vessel that had overturned off East Haven.

“Carnoustie coastguard officers and both Arbroath lifeboats were deployed and both fishermen were safely recovered and brought back to shore.”

Our picture shows the Arbroath inshore lifeboat at the scene. Image courtesy of RNLI/Arbroath