Bo’ness woman in yachting drama

Kinghorn Lifeboat rescued Bo'ness sailor. Pic courtesy RNLI
Kinghorn Lifeboat rescued Bo'ness sailor. Pic courtesy RNLI

A woman was pulled from the water after a small sailing dinghy, which had a nine-year-old child on board, got into difficulty.

Volunteers from RNLI Kinghorn rescued the woman from Bo’ness who had fallen overboard south of Inchkeith and was found clinging to the stern of the boat at 10.30am on Saturday, August 15.

Helmsman Scott McIlravie said: “One of our team jumped into the water to get hold of her and she was then brought to safety on the lifeboat.

“The second crew member on the boat was a young girl and she was also taken onto the lifeboat to be taken back to Kinghorn where an ambulance was waiting to assess both casualties.

“Both casualties were cold and distressed, with the woman who had been in the water suffering from the early stages of hypothermia.”

He said communications between the lifeboat and the casualty were difficult but thankfully they had a VHF radio on board which they were able to locate them with.

He added: “There was very little chance that the woman would have got back on board the dinghy today without third party assistance.

“Since the vessel was able to call for assistance immediately, and we were then able to find the boat quickly, this lady fortunately had a very lucky escape.”