Two men whose jetski capsized have been found and taken to hospital, following a 2½ hour search.
The search began at 2.20 pm this afternoon after the Broughty Ferry RNLI Inshore Lifeboat had gone to assist some other jetskiers in the group who had broken down The lifeboat then became aware that two additional jetskiers were in difficulty because they had capsized their jetski and were in the water.
The inshore lifeboat reported the plight of the capsized jetskiers to Aberdeen Coastguard. The Coastguard requested the Broughty Ferry and Arbroath RNLI all weather lifeboats to launch and join the inshore lifeboat in a search for the two men. A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and the police helicopter ‘Police 51’ were scrambled and also participated in the search. Three coastguard rescue teams from Carnoustie, Arbroath and
St Andrews along with the St Andrews Coastguard Sector Manager undertook a shoreline search.
Steve Quinn, Aberdeen Coastguard Watch Manager says:
“We were very concerned for the safety of the two jetskiers but I am pleased to say that they were found at about 4.45 pm, 2 ½ miles south-east of Tentsmuir Point. They believed that their jetski had sunk. They were both wearing drysuits and lifejackets, which certainly would have contributed significantly to their ability to stay afloat for long enough for us to find them. However, they were not carrying any communications equipment (such as vhf radio or personal locator beacon) which would have helped us to find them much more quickly.
The two men were found by the Arbroath Lifeboat and taken onboard. The RAF rescue helicopter then airlifted them from the lifeboat to
Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”