Cap­siz­ing fears spark boat alert

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS -

A LIFEBOAT went to the aid of what was re­ported to be a yacht cap­siz­ing.

But the in­ci­dent off Mac­duff turned out to be noth­ing more than a trick of the light.

The yacht had been close to a speed­boat but to a caller on­shore it ap­peared to be nearly on its side.

An Aberdeen Coast­guard spokesman said: “It was a com­bi­na­tion of see­ing two ves­sels from a dis­tance and be­cause it was a nice day and there was a heat haze just above the wa­ter.

“I would urge any­one in the same cir­cum­stances to call us, even if there is the slight­est doubt in their mind about what they are see­ing.

“We would much rather be called out and make the de­ci­sion if we are needed in­stead of not be­ing con­tacted and some­one com­ing to harm.”

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