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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

COASTAL WALKER RESCUED

02/10/2007

On its record breaking, 63rd rescue mission this year, the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn, rescued a coastal walker who had fallen and injured her ankle.

The volunteer crew were alerted by Coastguard around 3.30pm this afternoon (02/10/2007) to the plight of the injured walker.

Helmsman Mike McErlane explained,"The 60 year old female casualty who had been walking the coastal path with friends, had fallen sustaining a suspected broken ankle. The location given was on the Burntisland side of Sandhills Caravan site at Pettycur Bay. Although Ambulance had been alerted they were unable to traverse the soft sand with their vehicle or the narrow coastal path with a chair and we were asked to attend as close by the casualty as possible and transport her to an awaiting Ambulance at the Lifeboat station."

He continued, "we arrived on the scene within a couple of minutes and the Coastguard staff transported the lady to the lifeboat. We then ferried her round to the Lifeboat station, where she was given medical attention and taken from there to the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline. We have now carried out many similar medevacs from people who have no intention of going to sea. It proves that as well as being there for users of the sea, with Fife and the Lothians having such a large expanse of coastline being used by residents and visitors alike, we are there for those who only intend to use the land as well!"

The crew on this occasion were Darren Maddison, Mark Brown, Evelyn Stoker and Steven Wallace.