Workers rescued after their van is swept into Arbroath harbour

By Martin Graham

TWO men defied death yesterday after a huge wave crashed against the van they were driving.

They drove on to Arborath pier at around 1.30pm to get a closer look at the epic waves whipped up by the high winds and rising tide.

A huge wall of water struck the van and knocked it sideways, leaving it dangling over the edge of the pier.

The men managed to escape from the vehicle and scrambled to a safe point on the pier. 

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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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Stranded Cramond Island Revellers Rescued by Lifeboat

By Oliver Farrimond

A MIDNIGHT rave on Cramond Island almost ended in tragedy on Saturday night as revellers became stranded overnight.

Worsening weather meant that more than 130 people had to be evacuated by emergency services in the early hours of Sunday morning, with six being treated for hypothermia during the night by ambulance services.

Police also said that they are also investigating reports of a number of “minor crimes” being committed during the party.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police said: “During the evening of 5th June 2010 a number of people made their way to Cramond Island – it is believed that they were attending a party. Continue reading

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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Scot who left legacy to places that shared his name a “misunderstanding”

By Cara Sulieman

HE HIT headlines across the world when it was revealed he left his legacy to places across the globe that shared his surname.

But the claims baffled the solicitors of Eric Gordon Douglas – the mysterious Edinburgh philanthropist – as his will doesn’t show any such bequests.

It seems that the heart-warming story of generosity started after one of the beneficiaries misunderstood the terms of their donation.

Douglas Borough Council on the Isle of Man was bequeathed £10,887.73 and somehow thought that they were amoung 20 places around the world named Douglas that had benefited from his will.

The bachelor used to holiday on the Isle of Man and left money to the council, a museum and an old folks home on the island.

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Tributes paid to lifeboat crew lost 50 years ago

The crew that tragically lost their lives

By Cara Sulieman

WREATHS will be placed at sea tomorrow (Tues) in a touching tribute to eight lifeboat crew from Broughty Ferry who lost their lives trying to rescue stranded sailors 50 years ago.

The tragedy rocked the close knit community when the Mona lifeboat was found run aground on December 8 1959.

They had headed towards St Andrews Bay to reach the crew of the North Carr lightship which had broken adrift of its moorings.

Those who lost their lives on December 8 1959 were Ronald Grant, 28, George Smith, 53, George Watson, 38, John Grieve, 56, James Ferrier, 43, Alexander Gall, 56, John T. Grieve, 22 and David Anderson, 42.

And tomorrow (Tues) they are being remembered as the current lifeboat crew take wreaths out to sea on behalf of family and friends of the men who died.

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Lucky black cat saved from storm-force seas

By Rory Reynolds

A TINY pet cat and her owner are recovering after a daring rescue by lifeboat and coastguard crews from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sukie the catTwo-year-old Sukie and photographer Dave Allison were sailing four miles off the Mull of Kintyre when their 22-foot yacht was battered by gale force eight winds.

The engine cut out and left terrified Sukie and Dave stranded onboard as savage north-westerly winds hammered the sides of the vessel.

Former merchant navy sailor Dave kept his beloved pet tabby safe from the elements inside his jumper while he called for help from Belfast Coastguard.

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