RNLI rescues fisherman near Torness Power Station

A fisherman was rescued from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat near Torness Power Station. Picture: PA

A fisherman was rescued from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat near Torness Power Station. Picture: PA

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A 55-year-old fisherman has been rescued from the wreckage of his boat by lifeboat crew.

• Fisherman rescued by RNLI lifeboat after being thrown into sea

• Man, 55, was rescued four miles south east of Torness Power Station

The man was thrown into the sea from his 25ft boat four miles south east of Torness Power Station while making a mayday call at 10am today, the RNLI said.

Dunbar’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland were scrambled to the scene.

Gary Fairbairn, Dunbar lifeboat coxswain, said: “We were on scene in under half an hour, when we got there the bow of the boat was sticking upright out of the water.

“Where it was lying was too shallow to get the lifeboat close and so I had to put one of our crew over the side to swim across in case the man was trapped inside. Crewman Alistair Punton was banging on the outside of the hull to see if there was a response from inside when one of the other lifeboat crew saw the guy floating in the water about 300 metres away.

“It was too shallow there too for the lifeboat so Alistair and crewman Stuart Pirie swam over to him, got a rope round him and he was pulled onboard.

“The casualty was extremely cold, possibly hypothermic, and so we started warming him up.”

The fisherman was checked over by paramedics at Torness but declined hospital treatment.

Efforts to raise the boat, the St Peter which is based in Cove harbour in Berwickshire, are continuing.

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