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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



A large ship at anchor in Kirkcaldy Bay in the Forth was the focus for an early morning RNLI rescue today.

The volunteer crew of the RNLI's Kinghorn Lifeboat, in their first 'shout' using the new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, were paged around 4am after the Coastguard had been requested by the Ambulance Service to assist in a 'medevac' of a casualty on a ship which was anchored off Kirkcaldy.

Leanne Fisher, the Helm of the crew who attended, took up the story, "We were tasked to carry out the medical evacuation of the Captain of the Rotterdam registered "Rolland Essberger" which was at anchor in Kirkcaldy Bay. The man, who was around 50yrs of age was reported to be suffering severe pain and had suspected Gall Stones."

She continued, "We arrived at the ship within minutes and were able to easily transfer the casualty back to Kinghorn, where a waiting Ambulance conveyed him to the Victoria Hospital for treatment. The new boat performed extremely well and is far more comfortable for sick or injured casualties who need a stable ride to prevent further pain."

The crew on this occasion with Leanne were, Mike Chalmers and Steve Wallace, with Ian McLean operating the launching tractor.

Anyone attending this week's Spooky Walks, will be able to view the new boat, as well as enjoying the walks and helping to raise money for the RNLI.