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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn's New RNLI lifeboat has carried out 8 rescues already this year, with 6 in the past two weeks!

Despite the official naming ceremony not taking place until Saturday 20th March, the new lifeboat was called into action twice over the weekend.

About 3.30pm on Sunday 14th March, the crew were paged by the Coastguard, after reports that a man was in trouble on a Jet Ski in the water just off Burntisland. The crew launched within 5 minutes and discovered that the Jet Ski had in fact broken down and they were able to tow the man to the slipway at Burntisland. The crew on this occasion were Leanne Fisher, Luke Williams and Ian Tulloch, with Brian Crow and Mike Chalmers as shore crew.

About 5.30am this morning, (15/03/2010) the sleeping volunteers had a rude awakening, when they were yet again paged by the Coastguard after reports that a fishing boat with one person on board, had suffered engine failure about half a mile off Port Seton.

Scott McIlravie, the helmsman on the rescue said, "We were directed to the fishing vessel "Dreamfinder" which is a 10 metre fishing boat and we located her just off Port Seton. The weather was quite 'bouncy' and the tide was going out, which made the rescue quite difficult for us. We decided to take her into Port Seton, but knew with the falling tide that we would have to be quick, as there soon wouldn't have been enough draft for the Dreamfinder to get into the Harbour."

He continued, " We had to struggle through some rolling waves near the harbour entrance which made things quite tricky, but my crew were great and we managed to put her alongside the outer Harbour area. I reckon had we been delayed another 15 minutes, then we would have been unable to get her in. The Captain, a local man, was over the moon with the assistance we had provided, so much so, despite our protests, he lavished on us a generous helping of fresh prawns for our efforts! We also managed to get home by 7.10am, in time to start our work. So I'll be thinking of recipes for prawns throughout the day!"

The crew with Scott on the rescue, were Neil Chalmers and Ian Tulloch with Judith Frame on the tractor.

( Judith has handed in her notice and will be leaving us after about 7 years service so this could be one of her last jobs for us. She wants to spend more time with her family instead - We will miss her but thank her for all her efforts both as a volunteer and as a fundraiser who raised thousands for the RNLI and wish her well.)