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STRANDED CHILDREN RESCUED BY RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT

30/10/2010

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action on Thursday at 2.35pm following a report of two schoolgirls stranded on rocks off Dysart.

The girls had been playing on the beach during their school holidays when the tide came in around the rock outcrop they were upon.

The casualties were aged 8 and 13, and both from Dysart. They were not injured in the incident, however they were very cold following their ordeal.

Helm Leanne Fisher said, “We arrived at Dysart to find the girls on the rocks which were only 10-15m from the shore. However the tide had surrounded them and the water on the landward side was quite deep so they elected to stay on the rock. Fortunately there were members of the public on the beach who had noticed their plight and provided support until our arrival.”

“We put a crew member onto the rock to assess the situation, and then we took the girls off the rock in to the lifeboat. We took them back to the shore to a waiting ambulance.”

“The children were both very lucky that there were people on the beach who contacted the emergency services. This incident highlights the dangers of playing on the coast. It needn’t be dangerous, however children need to be educated to the hazards which exist, such as tides, waves, currents and man-made or natural features.”

“ I would recommend to anyone to look at the RNLI website where there is extensive beach and sea safety advice available.”

The Lifeboat then returned to station to prepare for the next rescue mission. Also on board for this rescue were Joanne Wibberley, Brian Paton and Iain Tulloch. Steve Brown was the tractor driver who launched the lifeboat.

Photographs courtesy of Linda Mellor Photography.