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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action on Friday evening to rescue a sick crewmember from a merchant ship in the Firth of Forth.

Forth Coastguard received a call from the chemical tanker Dutch Mate reporting that a crew member had taken ill and required urgent medical attention ashore. They immediately requested the launch of Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat and a search and rescue helicopter to carry out a medivac.

The lifeboat launched at 6.05pm and proceeded to the anchorage where the tanker had just anchored. The vessel was understood to have arrived from the River Tees and was bound for Grangemouth. The sick crewmember was understood to be a 23 year-old Dutch national.

Helmsman Neil Chalmers said, “We arrived at the tanker about 6 minutes after launch and we put a lifeboat crewman onboard to assess the casualty’s condition. It was decided that evacuation by the lifeboat was the best course of action due to his condition. We were able to get him ashore to the awaiting ambulance by lifeboat quickly.

“The casualty was lowered onto the lifeboat in a stretcher where we took him back to Kinghorn to meet an awaiting ambulance who took him to hospital. He was drifting in and out of consciousness, however the cause of his illness was unknown.

“This quick response by the volunteers meant that the man was ashore and on his way to hospital within 40 minutes of the Coastguard being alerted.”

Once the casualty was handed over to the ambulance service the lifeboat was recovered and prepared for its next mission. Also on board for this service were Brian Paton and Megan Davidson. The lifeboat was ready for its next mission by 8pm.