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'Miracle' rescue for missing fishermen

By PA Reporters

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

James Reid (75) and his grandson David Irvine (35) returned to shore yesterday after their “miracle” discovery by another boat off the Aberdeenshire coast.

The pair from Inverbervie had been due to return to Gourdon harbour on Tuesday morning on their vessel the Water Rail but they ran off course when their compass stopped working. Thick fog then resulted in them getting “completely lost” and they were unable to contact anyone as Mr Irvine said he forgot to take his phone.

A large-scale search for the boat was called off on Wednesday night but the pair were spotted by a passing fishing vessel this morning, 46 miles off the Scottish coast.

Mr Reid said they never gave up hope of being rescued.

“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,” he said. A lifeboat later brought the men ashore to be reunited with their relieved families in Montrose

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