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Mayfield fisherman helps save kayaker

Brian Ball who saved a capsized kayaker.

The boatman who rescued a kayaker who had got into difficulties off the coast of Dunbar on Sunday, has been nominated for a police meritorious award. Members of the public raised the alarm at around 10.45am  after they witnessed a one-person canoe experiencing difficulty just off the shore at Skateraw Old Harbour. 
A small boat, which was skippered by 58-year-old Brian Ball, was on the water during this time and heard the emergency radio message issued by HM Coastguard. 

The boat, called Dignity, reached the kayaker prior to the arrival of the RNLI.

Brian Ball who saved a capsized kayaker. The boatman who rescued a kayaker who had got into difficulties off the coast of Dunbar on Sunday, has been nominated for a police meritorious award. Members of the public raised the alarm at around 10.45am after they witnessed a one-person canoe experiencing difficulty just off the shore at Skateraw Old Harbour. A small boat, which was skippered by 58-year-old Brian Ball, was on the water during this time and heard the emergency radio message issued by HM Coastguard. The boat, called Dignity, reached the kayaker prior to the arrival of the RNLI.

A Midlothian boatman has been praised for rushing to save the life of a kayaker who capsized off the coast at Dunbar recently.

Brian Ball, from Mayfield, had just started fishing in a bay near Torness when he was alerted to the emergency.

The 58-year-old said: “I heard a call on the radio, which came from a ship that was further out and it was obvious it couldn’t reach the kayaker, so I just fired up the coast as quick as I could.

“The coastguard told me to head for Dunbar because someone had been seen getting into difficulty.

“I just did what everybody else would do in the circumstances and I’m a wee bit surprised at the reaction.”

The alarm had been raised around 10.45am on October 20 when people saw the kayaker struggling just off Skateraw Old Harbour.

Mr Ball had been enjoying a pleasant morning fishing for cod and pollack in his 15ft boat, Dignity, a craft he uses regularly for pleasure trips off the East Lothian coast.

Read more in the October 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.

 

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