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RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT IN LAND RESCUE

11/08/2008

In its second call-out of the day, the volunteer crew of Kinghorn Lifeboat rescued a woman who had fallen and broken her ankle whilst out walking with friends.(Sunday 10/08/2008)



Leanne Fisher, crew on the lifeboat said" We were paged at 8.40pm to assist in the medevac of a woman who had suffered a broken ankle on the coastal path just on the east side of Wemyss Castle. Luckily she had been walking with friends who had raised the alarm and a paramedic from the Ambulance Service was already there."



"Unfortunately due to a gate being locked the ambulance was unable to proceed directly to the scene and the Paramedic had to walk a fair distance to reach the casualty. It was obvious to the Paramedic that there were two options available to him, either a long walk back with a severely injured casualty or to contact the Coastguard and seek the assistance of an RNLI lifeboat to assist in a medevac, and having previously trained with Kinghorn lifeboat, he was aware of what we were capable of."



Leanne continued, "We arrived at the scene and were able to assist the injured woman on board along with the paramedic and a member of leven coastguard and moved to East Wemyss boat club slipway which is about a 1/2 mile east of the castle. The Ambulance was able to meet us there and the casualty had a fairly comfortable transfer, to what might have been otherwise."



The Paramedic who attended was one of the first to be involved in a ground breaking joint training course between the RNLI and Scottish Ambulance Service. The training took place at Kinghorn two years ago and the benefits were confirmed yesterday.



The first call out of the day had been at 5.40pm to assist two vessels, one of which was towing the other from Anstruther to Bo'ness but who had encountered difficulties owing to the weather, after clearing Kinghorn Bay. They were escorted into Burntisland Harbour to await better conditions.



The crew on both occasions along with Leanne, were Helmsman Rob Moore, Brodie Robb and shore crew was Judith Frame.