Kayak hero from Mayfield has rescue radio stolen

Brian Ball who saved a capsized kayaker.
Brian Ball who saved a capsized kayaker.

Life-saving radio equipment has been stolen from a Midlothian fisherman – just a week after it was used in a dramatic kayak rescue.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, Brian Ball (58), from Mayfield, had been fishing off the East Lothian coast near Torness on October 20 when his radio alerted him to a nearby emergency.

Just a week later, it was taken, along with his lifejacket, from his boat which had been on his trailer, while he popped into a Greggs store in Prestonpans, en route to Port Seton.

Brian is furious at the theft of his £150 radio and £60 lifejacket: “I was only away for three or four minutes, he said.

“They have just been opportunistic and saw them in the boat, which I tow down to Port Seton.

“I’m angry, that’s the best way to describe how I feel.

“It wasn’t until a couple of hours later I was speaking to the guys at the boat yard and one said ‘imagine if it had been the week before, then that guy might not have been saved’.

“The thought of that makes me sad.

“I would like to get a hold of the guy that stole it, but the CCTV cameras down there were facing the wrong way.”

Read more on this in the November 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.