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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Despite the fact that we have not yet reached the end of May, RNLI Kinghorn lifeboat has already carried out 25 rescue shouts. This weekend proved to be very busy with three shouts alone.

Leanne Fisher, Helm on the Lifeboat related the incidents,"The first shout for us was at 2.30pm on Saturday (22nd May) to a report of a man in the water at Dysart Harbour. The weather was scorching and provided excellent visibility. We were informed by the Coastguard, whilst en-route, that the man had made it ashore, but we were asked to continue so as to provide any medical assistance required."

"We arrived at 2.40pm and found a yellow kayak, rubber tender boat and a crowd of people on the shore. Scott went ashore to speak with the person who had called the Coastguard and ensure everything was ok. We were advised that the man had been out in the Kayak and had capsized, he had been wearing a wetsuit but no lifejacket and had been in difficulty in the water. Locals had launched a rubber tender to assist the man. He was safe and well and did not require any medical assistance."

"I would highlight to anyone intending to go out on the sea, that they take safety precautions and wear suitable lifejackets as you never know when you will need one, even when fairly close to the shore. We returned to station around 3.10pm."

With Leanne and Scott McIlravie was crewman Brian Paton, Shorecrew were Norman Soutar and Betty Davidson.

Leanne continued, "The second shout was to a report of a missing child at Portobello around 5.30pm on Sunday (23rd May), however as we were passing Inchkeith enroute, we were stood down, as thankfully the child had been found safe and well."

"We were called out again at 8.10pm to a report of a broken down Jet-ski, also at Portobello, we arrived within 20 minutes and took the Jet-ski under tow back to the beach. Although the conditions were near perfect, there was an offshore breeze which was blowing the Jet-ski towards Norway rather than into the shore! However the rider was wearing all the correct kit and was in no real danger awaiting our arrival, but was extremely glad to see us powering towards him!."

With Leanne were Megan Davidson, Mark Brown and Stevie Wallace, shore crew were Norman Soutar and Betty Davidson