Snapping lobsters caused canoeists to panic and capsize

Heather Angus called 999 when the two men got into trouble

By Christine Lavelle

TWO canoeists out fishing for lobsters had to be rescued after one dropped a pot of the snapping shellfish into the kayak – driving them into a panicked frenzy.

The petrified pair capsized while out checking on lobster pots in the dark, off the coast of Cockenzie Harbour in one single and one double kayak on Sunday evening.

As they began bringing the creels on board, one of the pots was dropped, and the lobsters were sprawled out around them.

Simon Ward, an officer at Forth Coastguard, said: “It seems one of the occupants was lifting a pot and dropped it into the kayak. Continue reading

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Woman airlifted to hospital after falling from cliff

By Martin Graham

A WOMAN had a miraculous rescue after spending the night trapped alone on rocks at the foot of a cliff without anyone knowing she was hurt.

The 33-year-old was only found purely by chance when a passing dog walker reported hearing faint cries early yesterday morning.

The woman had been out walking around 10pm in an area known as Pocklaw Slap in Eyemouth when she somehow plunged 50ft off the cliff.

The fall left her with serious head, neck and back injuries, a snapped femur and broken ankle, and unable to summon help.

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Fife police issue warning after spate of accidents

By Martin Graham

FIFE police have appealed for adults and children to take care when exploring the county following a spate of accidents.

On Sunday afternoon, an 11-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after she suffered a head injury in a bad fall at the chain walk near Kincraig Point.

Lifeboats from Leven, Anstruther and St Andrews attended the scene, and a helicopter from Prestwick was also scrambled to the emergency.

The girl, who was on holiday with her parents, had slipped and injured herself on the rocks and her father was left stranded.

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Girl hurt in tomb stoning incident

By Christine Lavelle

A YOUNG girl injured herself while tomb stoning from a pier in Aberdour, Fife.

The dangerous craze involves jumping or diving from height into water.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “The girl jumped from a pier in the Silversands area of the town without realising the extent of how bad the rocks were.

“She had no major injuries but suffered some cuts and bruises to her legs.”

A spokesman from Forth Coastguard said: “We were called to assist the ambulance when a young girl was injured tomb stoning.

“It is a very silly activity which is also extremely dangerous, and people should realise that partaking in such an activity will result in injury.”

He said it is so dangerous because water depth alters with the tide, submerged objects such as rocks may not be visible, and strong currents can rapidly sweep people away.

Lost kite surfer saved by Lifeboat and Coastguard crews

By Michael MacLeod

A KITE surfer had to be rescued from choppy seas after going missing off the coast of Montrose.

A helicopter from RAF Kinloss was scrambled to help search for the man, but lifeboat and coastguard crews saved him after an hour-long search.

He was found sitting on his surfboard with the kite wrapped around him for warmth.
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Parents of student lost at sea said they are losing hope

Craig McIntyre

By Cara Sulieman

THE parents of a Scots student swept out to sea off Ireland described losing their son as a “nightmare” and are coming to terms with the fact that he is probably dead.

Craig McIntyre was sunbathing with a friend on a secluded Irish beach when he was hit by a wave and swept in to the Atlantic on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, from the Colinton area of Edinburgh, was staying in a friends holiday home hear Baltimore, County Cork when he went down to the sea to watch the sunrise.

His parents David and Morag McIntyre travelled to Ireland as coastguard and Garda searched for their son, but with rescue efforts now into the fifth day they are losing hope.

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Fisherman lands surprise catch

By Cara Sulieman

A FISHERMAN got more than he had bargained for when he pulled up his net to reveal a TORPEDO rather than his expected haul of prawns.

Robert Thomson was fishing near Port Seton in East Lothian when he stumbled upon the 12-foot long explosive.

Bundling it into his boat, he called the coastguard and nervously waited for a couple of hours for a bomb disposal unit to arrive.

But after his tense wait, the 42-year-old found out that it was a dummy used as a practice devise by the Royal Navy.

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