Home from the sea

The fishermen come ashore.
The fishermen come ashore.

Communities in Inverbervie and Gourdon have been celebrating following the rescue of two missing fishermen in the North Sea last Thursday.

Jim Reid (75) and his grandson, David Irvine (35), spent two days lost at sea after they became disorientated in thick fog last Tuesday.

The lifeboat enters Montrose harbour.

The lifeboat enters Montrose harbour.

The pair drifted 50 miles out after their compass failed, and David discovered he had left his mobile phone behind.

A massive air and sea search was launched by the coastguard but, despite extensive searching of the area, Thursday dawned with no sighting of the duo.

However, the frantic worrying of family and friends came to a happy end at 8.30am when they were spotted by the Buckie registered Sylvia Bowers, seemingly no worse off for their adventure!

The happy news quickly reached shore and thousands of messages of relief from friends and strangers alike were posted online.

Moira Turner: “Such fantastic news - quite tearful with emotion,” Murray Leith: “Unreal news welcome home boys,” Tania McAreavey: “Amazing, just goes to show you should never give up hope,” Suzi Winpenny Davidson: “Fantastic news, so glad they were found. Huge relief for their family and friends.”

Montrose Coastguard released the following statement following the rescue: “All officers at HM Coastguard Montrose Sector would like to thank the following for their assistance during the search operation for David Irvine and Jim Reid over the past few days: those at Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre,RNLI lifeboat crews from Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Montrose, RAF 202sq on Rescue 137 helicopter out of Lossiemouth, Bond Rescue 02 helicopter, Police Scotland inc their helicopter, Endurance 01 fixed wing aircraft, all commercial vessels from Stonehaven, Gourdon and Johnshaven, land owners assisting with access to the coastline, local businesses who supported the teams with refreshments, everyone who sent messages of support which keep all involved motivated, the families of all rescue crews, and a massive thanks to all of the crew on the fishing vessel Sylvia Bowers who located the overdue vessel.

‘‘Each played anintegral part to the operation. We thank you.’’