A Fife lifeboat crew has warned boat owners to ensure their vessels are maintained, after launching to rescue the same boat twice.
Kinghorn RNLI was called out to assist a broken down speedboat on Saturday afternoon.
The boat’s engine had failed and it was drifting north of Cockenzie.
The two people on board had raised the alarm by mobile phone.
Kinghorn Lifeboat volunteers were paged at around 4.20pm.
They towed the boat to shore at Port Seton.
However helmsman Mike Chalmers issued a warning to boat owners following the ‘shout’.
He said: “Engine failure is the biggest single cause of RNLI call outs to motorboats and this was the second time we have assisted this boat.
“Boats should be well maintained and professionally serviced before taking to the water.
“We would also recommend that proper lifejackets and a VHF radio are used.”
The Kinghorn lifeboat arrived at the scene around 15 minutes after crew members were alerted, having launched in a force four easterly wind.
Mr Chalmbers said: “We quickly located the boat off Cockenzie where it was drifting.
“The five-metre boat had suffered engine failure.
“The two people onboard were wearing buoyancy aids, and were not suffering from any injuries.
“We took both crew onto the lifeboat and set up a tow of the small boat.
“The vessel was towed back to Port Seton, and we landed the two casualties there to awaiting Coastguard personnel from North Berwick.”
It broke down in the same area on May 8.
There were three people on board that time, one of whom was getting cold by the time the crew arrived.
The boat was already being towed by a local rescue boat and was taken back to Port Seton.
The RNLI’s current campaign Respect the Water aims to raise awareness of coastal risks.
It is intended to reduce the number of incidents, which can sometimes result in deaths, around the coast of the UK and Ireland.
Each year around 190 people around the UK and Ireland’s coastline.