A crewman aboard a visiting Belgian warship had to be taken to shore by the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat from Anstruther after suffering an injury.
Members of the Anstruther crew were paged just before 1pm on Thursday to help the casualty aboard the BNS Narcis, a Belgian minesweeper which is currently stationed in the Firth of Forth.
The man, who is understood to have suffered a hand injury, was helped aboard the all-weather lifeboat along with another crewman and taken to Methil where they were taken to hospital.
The drama didn’t end there for the crew though, as the all-weather lifeboat suffered an engine failure on its starboard engine on the return journey back to Anstruther.
The crew managed to get the vessel back as far as Pittenweem, where it lay overnight, and a relief RNLI lifeboat arrived by road on Friday morning.