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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were diverted from exercise on Wednesday evening to assist in the evacuation of an injured man from the Fife coast.

Forth Coastguard received a call from the ambulance service about 7pm on Wednesday requesting assistance to evacuate an injured 74 year-old man who had fallen 2.5m onto rocks from an old pier between East Wemyss and West Wemyss.

The lifeboat was at Fisherrow taking part in a training exercise when Forth Coastguard tasked the volunteer crew. The lifeboat arrived at the scene around 7.30pm.

Volunteer crewmember Steven Wallace said, “We arrived at the isolated location to find the ambulance service with the injured patient. It is understood that the man had fallen about 2.5m onto rocks just after 6pm. It took nearly an hour for him to summon help.

“The casualty was put onto a spinal stretcher, and then transferred onto the lifeboat with a paramedic. We then took the man onboard the lifeboat to West Wemyss harbour where we were able to get him ashore to an awaiting ambulance.

“The lifeboat was the easiest and quickest way to get the injured man to the ambulance, and then to hospital. It is understood that the casualty was suffering from a serious leg injuries.”

Once the casualty was handed over to the ambulance service the lifeboat returned to station.