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Man dies and two remain missing after '10ft long' fishing boat capsizes

Paul Ward

Published 11/08/2015 | 08:08

Firth of forth Credit: Google Maps
Firth of forth Credit: Google Maps

One man has died and two others are missing after a fishing boat overturned in the Firth of Forth.

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The coastguard launched a search off the coast of East Wemyss, Fife, when it was alerted by someone on the shore shortly before 5pm on Monday.

One man was recovered from the water around a mile from the coast and was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee but later died, Police Scotland said.

The boat involved, believed to be about 10ft long, was also recovered in the East Wemyss area.

Lifeboats from Anstruther and Kinghorn were involved in the search, as well as the Rescue 131 RAF helicopter from Boulmer and three coastguard teams from Kinghorn, Leven and St Andrews.

The search was suspended when darkness fell but is to resume later.

Police said officers were in contact with the families of the missing men.

A force spokesman said: "Three men were reported missing after an afternoon of sailing amid concerns of worsening weather conditions.

"A full-scale search was launched by UK Coastguard which included a rescue helicopter based at RAF Boulmer, RNLI lifeboats from Kinghorn and Anstruther, Coastguard rescue teams from Kinghorn, St Andrews and Leven and police officers.

"A man was recovered from the water around 0.9 nautical miles out to sea from East Wemyss.

"He was immediately taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee by helicopter where he died a short time later around 1900 hours. The man has yet to be identified and Police Scotland is liaising closely with the families of the missing men."

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