Whilst coxwain of the Peterhead Pilot Vessel at 0400 hrs on 19th June, 2009, he and his deckhand had to rescue a number of causalities from the sea off Peterhead after the Dutch tug “Ijsselstroom” suddenly girted and capsized.

Troubled by how easy it could have been not to get the men aboard, he worked on an idea all through that night until finally the design came together and QUIKSLING was invented.