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RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT CREW SAVES WOMAN’S LIFE

04/09/2011

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers saved the life of a woman on Saturday morning off Kirkcaldy.

The lifeboat was launched following reports of a person in the water off Kirkcaldy promenade.

The lifeboat launched at midnight and arrived on scene at 00:05am. The crew carried out an extensive search of the area in conjunction with the coastguard. The female casualty was eventually found 100m offshore.

The crew recovered the person to the lifeboat where she was taken ashore to an awaiting ambulance.

A lifeboat spokesman said, “The female was understood to have been in the water for about an hour. When the lifeboat located the casualty she was suffering from hypothermia. The casualty was extremely lucky to be found as it was dark, and visibility was limited.”

This was the second callout in 24 hours for the crew after the volunteer crew launched on Friday afternoon to a motor cruiser which had fouled its propeller on a length of rope south of Methil. The lifeboat proceeded to the last reported position of the vessel, however the vessel managed to remove the rope and continued on its passage before the lifeboat arrived on scene.

The lifeboat station is also appealing for any information following an incident last Sunday evening (28th August) when graffiti was painted onto a wall of the lifeboat station. If anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously, or has any information about the vandalism, they are asked to contact the police. It will take the volunteer crew some time to remove the paint without causing further damage to the wall.