DRIFTING BOAT ASSISTED BY RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action on Saturday at 1.10pm following reports of a vessel in difficulties in Burntisland Bay.
The 16 foot motor-cruiser was on a trip from Burntisland. The vessel, which had two engines, had broken down and was adrift some 600m from the shore. There were two males onboard, who were from Alloa.
Forth Coastguard broadcasted a request for assistance, and small yacht in the area responded. They took the casualty under tow until the arrival of the lifeboat only 12 minutes after being alerted.
Helm Leanne Fisher said, “We arrived on scene to find the casualty vessel being towed by a small yacht.
“We were much better equipped to deal with the boat so we took the vessel under tow for the final stretch to the slipway.
“Two crewmembers then entered the water and assisted the two casualties to get the boat onto the slipway and its trailer.
Leanne continued, “We would remind people who are considering going to sea to be properly equipped; this includes having basic safety equipment such as lifejackets, a VHF radio and flares, the boat should also be well maintained and regularly serviced.”
Once the casualty vessel was taken out of the water onto its trailer, the lifeboat returned to station.