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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called into action on Sunday twice; however, the lifeboat wasn’t needed for the first call of the day.

The crew were making their way to the lifeboat station on Sunday morning around 10am when an elderly lady, aged 77, was found on the braes to the west of the boathouse by three boys walking on the coastal path. The casualty had slipped on the icy path and tumbled around 4m down a steep gradient, breaking her ankle in the process whilst walking her dog.

The boys who had found the woman alerted RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Liz Davidson who was passing on the path above. She immediately summoned help from members of the lifeboat crew who were also heading to the station for a training exercise.

Liz Davidson recalled the incident, ‘I was heading to the lifeboat station just after the lady had fallen. Three young boys, who were out walking, shouted to me and I immediately called an ambulance and called the lifeboat crew who were gathering at the station. They brought jackets and thermal clothing along with the first aid kit and made the lady comfortable until the ambulance arrived.

‘The crew, many of whom have recently updated their first aid qualifications, stabilised the casualty and then assisted ambulance personnel to lift her back up the slope to the footpath, before she was then taken to hospital. The lifeboat crew helped to keep the casualty warm and comfortable in temperatures close to freezing.

‘I would also like to thank the three boys who were a great help during this frightening incident.

‘However, the crew weren’t able to relax for long, as just as the ambulance crew was taking the casualty away, the crew’s pagers were activated after a fishing boat fouled its propeller with a thick rope approximately 1 mile south-east of Kinghorn bay. The lifeboat launched within 5 minutes.

‘The lifeboat arrived at the casualty, the fishing boat Janreen, however another larger private boat was nearby and took the fishing boat under tow.’

The lifeboat crew then continued with their planned exercise before returning to station.