KINGHORN LIFEBOAT HOME
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat returned to Station in Kinghorn on Friday following alterations to the station slipway over the past three weeks.
The lifeboat has been berthed at Burntisland harbour, allowing it to remain fully operational and available, with the crew mustering at Kinghorn and travelling to Burntisland for exercises and callouts in a RNLI Land Rover.
Alterations to the slipway were necessary after the toe was exposed by certain weather conditions making it difficult to use after the station received its Atlantic 85 lifeboat three years ago. The slipway was extended and its profile altered to prevent this situation arising in future. An additional ‘fillet’ was also installed to make it easier to turn the lifeboat following bow-first recoveries to the trailer.
The Lifeboat was kept at Burntisland to allow this work to be completed without affecting the Lifeboat’s availability. Forth Ports also assisted by providing accommodation for the crew with changing facilities and storage for equipment.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Wibberley said, ‘this work was necessary to ensure the lifeboat was always available and ensuring the safety of our volunteer crew members. Fortunately we were able to use the facilities at Burntisland and this allowed us to maintain our 24/7 availability whilst having a minimal impact on our response time.
‘We like to say thank you to Forth Ports for their assistance during this work; the accommodation at Burntisland was excellent, and meant that the volunteer crew could continue to provide our normal level of service, the boat was secure, and we had changing facilities.
‘We also appreciate the assistance of Briggs Marine and their personnel who were able to assist with security of the boat throughout the period.
‘The lifeboat is now back on station at Kinghorn, and fortunately we were able to have the boat back for the station to take part in the annual Doors Open Day. This was well attended with over 70 people visiting the station and having a tour on Sunday.’
The station personnel are now in preparation for their next fundraising event, the annual Spooky Walks which are held around Halloween.