SLIPPERY WHEN WET
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action again today (10/07/2010) at 3pm to rescue a fisherman who had become stranded on rocks of Prestonpans, East Lothian.
A 57 year-old man from Musselburgh had made his way out to the rock at low tide to fish for mackerel. The tide had then come in around the rock and due to the north-easterly wind the waves were breaking around the rock. A concerned member of the public had called the Coastguard when they saw the man stranded on the rock.
Crewmember Leanne Fisher continued “We located the casualty on a rock off Prestonpans 17 minutes after launching, although the water was surrounding the rock the man had intended to stay on the rock until the tide went out. He had taken measures to mark the tide height, but was still glad when the Lifeboat arrived and took him back to shore. The prevailing weather and sea conditions had made it slightly uncomfortable”
“This would be a good opportunity to remind people taking part in pursuits round the coast to ensure they have the proper equipment. This includes a means of summoning help, appropriate clothing, a lifejacket, and possibly informing the Coastguard of their intentions to avoid unnecessary rescue missions.”
The Lifeboat then returned to station to be refuelled and washed down. Helmsman Rob Moore and crewmember Brian Paton joined Leanne on this shout. The lifeboat was launched by Steve Brown.
Kinghorn Lifeboat Station is preparing for their annual Open Day which will be held this Saturday, 17th July between 12pm and 4pm at Kinghorn Beach. This is your opportunity to see the Lifeboat ‘Tommy Niven’ up close, and see a rescue demonstration. There will also be stalls and fundraising events to help keep the RNLI afloat.
By Transitional LPO Neil Chalmers