Eyemouth man rescued after his boat sinks

An Eyemouth man was rescued by three fishermen after his boat sank while he was out lobster fishing last Thursday.

Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 11:34 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:58 pm

In a strange twist of fate, Bruce Marshall had spoken to one of the fishermen – Karl Flitton – the day before and told them the best spots to fish to be in with a good chance of a catch.

So early the following morning the three men – Karl, Graham Campbell and Anthony Blades – who had travelled to Eyemouth from the Sunderland area for a week-long fishing trip, followed Bruce’s advice.

Bruce was fishing in the same area at the time and the men recognised him on his boat.

Graham said: “He sailed past us and waved while he was pulling his crab nets in. All of a sudden, Anthony shouted ‘he’s going down’.

“It literally took seconds for the whole boat to sink and he was pulled down with it.”

The lads immediately went to the scene but were unable to locate Bruce initially. They eventually spotted him and managed to haul him from the water.

“It didn’t really sink in at the time what had happened, but now we are all a bit shell-shocked by it,” Graham added. “It is such an uncanny twist of fate, because if Karl hadn’t been talking to him the day before, we would have gone somewhere else to fish and that lad would have died. It is like it was meant to be.”