Seven people had to be plucked from the sea after a dinghy capsized off the East Lothian coast.

Emergency services were called after the group - which included five children - were seen struggling around one mile off Port Seton on Sunday afternoon.

Two paddle boarders had been rescued by the occupants of the boat before it overturned a short time later - throwing them all into the water.

Emergency services were called shortly before 3.30pm on Sunday

An eighth person was making their way to shore with the stricken duo’s boards before they too were whisked to safety by a lifeboat.

All casualties were brought to shore where they were checked over by waiting Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics.

It is understood that no one required any medical treatment despite their ordeal.

Kinghorn RNLI were joined by the North Berwick Coastguard Rescue and Fisherrow Coastguard during the rescue.

A statement from the Kinghorn team said: “Our volunteer crew was tasked at 3.29pm following a 999 call to the Coastguard reporting a small sailing dinghy and paddle boards in difficulty one mile off Port Seton.

“There were two adults and five children on board. Whilst approaching the scene, it was advised that the dinghy had capsized, and seven occupants were in the water.

“We were soon alongside and pulled everyone to safety on board the lifeboat.

“An eighth person was making their way to Port Seton with three SUP boards but was making slow progress, so they were also recovered to the lifeboat.

“On arrival it became apparent that the dinghy had offered assistance to two SUP paddlers and had then capsized a short time later.

“All casualties were taken to Port Seton where two ambulances arrived to check everyone out along with North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team and Fisherrow Coastguard.

“The lifeboat then returned to recover the dinghy and three SUP boards back to Port Seton.”

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