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  • 22 May 2014, 22:48

Lost Fishermen Got By On Tea And Biscuits

Two fishermen feared lost at sea say they got through their two-day ordeal on a flask of tea and a couple of biscuits.

James Reid, 75, and his grandson David Irvine, 35, are back home thanks to their "miracle" discovery by another boat off the Aberdeenshire coast.

The men had been due back at Gourdon harbour on Tuesday morning but their compass stopped working and they strayed off course.

Thick fog then resulted in them getting "completely lost" and they were unable to contact anyone as Mr Irvine had forgotten to take his phone.

A large-scale air and sea search was called off on Wednesday night - but the pair were spotted by a passing fishing vessel the following morning, 46 miles off the coast of north-east Scotland.

The crew of the Sylvia Bowers DS8 reported picking them up safe and sound at about 8am. A lifeboat later took them ashore to be reunited with their relieved families in Montrose.

The pair, from Inverbervie, said they first realised they were in trouble after seven hours but never gave up hope of being rescued and passed the time "cursing one another".

Mr Reid said: "We had a litre and half of water, a small flask of tea enough for two and half cups and two biscuits. That was it.

"We set the compass and it must have stuck, it wasn't in the right direction. We didn't know where we were."

He said it was "the best thing in the world" when the lifeboat arrived. Mr Irvine said he felt "relief and shock".

To cap it all, their boat, the Water Rail, sunk while being towed back to shore.

When asked how long it will be before he goes back to sea, Mr Reid answered: "It depends what my wife says."

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