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Byline: A single handed fisherman cheated death when his boat sank in seconds leaving him clinging to wreckage until a lifeboat found him.
Page Content: The 55 year old man just managed to make a mayday call to coastguards when his boat started taking in water off the Berwickshire coast. Before the mayday was finished the 25 foot boat rolled over throwing its owner into the sea.

Coastguards requested emergency help from Dunbar’s RNLI all weather lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

Dunbar lifeboat Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the stricken boat was about four miles south east of the lifeboat’s berth at Torness Power Station.

“We were on scene in under half an hour – when we got there the front 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 man floating in the water about 300 years away.

“It was too shallow 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 got him below and started warming him up.”

The lifeboat was met by an ambulance at Torness and the fishermen was checked over but declined hospital treatment.

Last night attempts were being made to raise the boat, the St Peter which is based in the tiny Berwickshire Harbour of Cove.

Byline: A single handed fisherman cheated death when his boat sank in seconds leaving him clinging to wreckage until a lifeboat found him.
Page Content: The 55 year old man just managed to make a mayday call to coastguards when his boat started taking in water off the Berwickshire coast. Before the mayday was finished the 25 foot boat rolled over throwing its owner into the sea.

Coastguards requested emergency help from Dunbar's RNLI all weather lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

Dunbar lifeboat Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the stricken boat was about four miles south east of the lifeboat's berth at Torness Power Station.

"We were on scene in under half an hour - when we got there the front 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 man floating in the water about 300 years away.

"It was too shallow 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 got him below and started warming him up."

The lifeboat was met by an ambulance at Torness and the fishermen was checked over but declined hospital treatment.

Last night attempts were being made to raise the boat, the St Peter which is based in the tiny Berwickshire Harbour of Cove.