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FISHERMEN "EXTREMELY LUCKY"
fishermen had a miracle escape after their boat capsized
during a fishing trip to Wigtownshire at the weekend.
men Bill Hepburn and John Gowans clung to the hull of
their 18ft fishing boat for 26 hours after it capsized
the mouth of Luce Bay on Sunday afternoon.
were eventually spotted by an officer on a passing ferry
4 p.m. on Monday after drifting 15
of the mouth of the Bay.
(48) and John (33) both from Glenrothes, were winched to
safety by the Irish Coastguard
Rescue helicopter. They had been spotted frantically
waving their life jackets by the officer aboard the P&O
were flown to Nobles Hospital in Douglas, Isle
of Man suffering from mild hypothermia and were later
officials have since described the episode as an "extremely
lucky story". And
they have put their survival down to the fact the two
men were wearing immersion
jackets and had a "strong will to live".
A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard who co-ordinated
the rescue said
guys were in the water for 26 hours and still managed to
survive - it is an
extremely lucky story.
would put this down to a strong will to live although they
teams from the Isle of Whithorn and Drummore were called
into action when the
11 a.m. on Monday prompting a massive rescue
Inshore lifeboats from Portwilliam, Stranraer and Kirkcudbright
were also sanctioned together
Prestwick and Ireland and Mountain Rescue
teams from Galloway and Moffat.
two men had been fishing off the Isle of Whithorn and Burrowhead
in the Machars
18ft white dory called Hell
Raiser during a weekend break.
the alarm was raised when they failed
to return to Fife as planned on Sunday
Their craft had last been sited off
Burrowhead early on Sunday afternoon.
Coastguard spokesman said the two men were seen by an
officer on the
England and Northern Ireland.
had roped themselves to their craft after it capsized
in the hope
found. More than a day later the
captain of the ferry, Gerry Hughes, radioed
report the sighting.
rescue was completed by the Irish Coastguard helicopter
The captain of the helicopter,
Brian Brophy said
we got to the boat just two
feet of the bow was sticking out of the water, the rest
hull was in the sea.
two men appeared to be clinging to the bow with their feet
in the water".
Coastguard spokesman said it was too early to
Branch may look into it due to the