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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat completed a busy weekend going to the assistance of a yacht which had run out of diesel off Burntisland on Sunday evening.

The crew were paged for the third time at 7.30pm after the 6m yacht, the Camena, ran out of diesel whilst making for Port Edgar.

The yacht, with a family of four onboard including two young children, had been visiting Anstruther and was returning home when the engine stopped.

Helmsman Neil Chalmers recalled the incident, “the yacht with the family onboard were heading home to Port Edgar when they ran out of diesel. They could have used the sail, but as they had their young family on board and it was getting late, they called Forth Coastguard for assistance.”

“The Coastguard requested our assistance and we were on-scene approximately 5 minutes after launch. We took the yacht under tow to Buntisland, where a local dive company boat very kindly offered to supply diesel to allow the family to continue home.”

“Whilst we would always advocate carrying enough fuel for the trip, and maybe having a spare fuel can onboard, the family definitely made the correct decision to request assistance whilst it was still daylight and the weather was good. This saved a more difficult rescue operation later.”

This incident was the third shout of the weekend after the Lifeboat was launched on Saturday night at 11pm to Buckhaven following reports of two people in the water. The second call-out was to the report of an overdue dinghy near Dalgety Bay, however this was located soon after launching and the Lifeboat returned to station.

Also on board the lifeboat were Brian Paton, Luke Williams, and Steven Wallace. Tractor driver, Brian Crow, launched the lifeboat.

Photographs attached show the lifeboat alongside the yacht Camena.