RNLI swoop to the rescue

Dundee Port Pilot boat 'Lynx', picture courtesy of marinetraffic.com
Dundee Port Pilot boat 'Lynx', picture courtesy of marinetraffic.com

Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew rescued three people from a fire-struck boat in the early hours of Saturday.

The RNLI volunteers were responding to a distress call made by three people on a boat which caught fire at the mouth of the River Tay, south of Buddon Point.

The lifeboat crews were alerted of the incident not long before 3am on Saturday. Despite hazards being created by thick fog the all weather lifeboat, ‘Elizabeth of Glamis’ which was launched arrived on scene very quickly. The vessel involved was the Dundee Port Pilot boat ‘Lynx’ which was en route to provide pilotage to an incoming vessel.

Once on scene it was found that the ‘Lynx’ crew had extinguished the blaze but were unable to use their boat. The crew of the lifeboat quickly transferred the casualties to the lifeboat to prevent further harm before returning to the RNLI station in Broughty Ferry. One member of the crew was treated by the RNLI team with oxygen for smoke inhalation. He was transferred to a waiting ambulance crew on arrival and transported to Ninewells hospital.

The lifeboat then returned to the scene to connect a tow line to the ‘Lynx’ and return it to its base at Dundee Harbour.

By 6.30am Elizabeth of Glamis had returned to Broughty Ferry station where the volunteers prepared it for any further shouts.