Pair Rescued After Dinghy Capsizes In Firth Of Forth

17 October 2016, 07:17

Two men have been rescued after their dinghy capsized in the Firth of Forth.

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat crew were called following reports from the public that a boat was seen in difficulty in the water at around 1pm on Sunday near Portobello, Edinburgh.

The dinghy suffered suspected equipment failure causing the mast to fail and throwing both male sailors into the water, the RNLI said.

Both men were rescued and taken ashore where Fisherrow Coastguard Rescue team personnel supported.

Lifeboat helm, Mark Brown, said: "One casualty had swallowed a lot of water and was very cold, but the second sailor was able to assist in the recovery of the dinghy.

"Weather conditions were good, but there was a heavy 1-2m swell running due to the easterly wind we are experiencing just now. This made it difficult whilst taking the casualties ashore.

"The casualties were well equipped for inshore sailing but they didn't have a radio or mobile phone onboard; they were fortunate in this instance that members of the public called 999 to launch a rescue mission.''

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