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RNLI AT KINGHORN RESCUE STRICKEN SAILOR DURING STORM

14/11/2009

The volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn were called out in stormy conditions today, to rescue a Filipino Sailor.

Coastguard received a call for a medical evacuation of a crew member on board a 22500 ton, LPG tanker, anchored in Kirkcaldy Bay in the Firth of Forth.

Leanne Fisher, Helm of the lifeboat narrated the story, 'About 1.35pm we received our 4th shout in our new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, 'Tommy Niven'. We were tasked to carry out a medevac of a Filipino sailor who was severely ill. The vessel involved was the 170m tanker 'Hedda', which was bound for Braefoot Bay, having left from Brunsbuttelin in Germany.'

She continued, 'It was quite stormy and blustery with 1.5 metre seas and a variable force 3 blowing. We launched into rough seas and proceeded to Kirkcaldy where the tanker was anchored. The conditions were far too rough to take the casualty on board and we had to ask the ship to give us a lee, so that there were calmer seas to assist in the safe transfer of the man who is employed as a deck hand .'

'The 4th seat on the new lifeboat again proved its worth, as everyone was able to sit securely for the return to Kinghorn at slow speed, where we transferred the man to a waiting ambulance.

The crew on this occasion with Leanne were, Joanne Wibberly and Mike Chalmers, with Judith Frame on the launching tractor.

Attached jpeg shows the lifeboat in the lee of the tanker.