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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew evacuated the skipper of a fishing boat last night after he suffered serious injuries in an accident whilst fishing in Kirkcaldy Bay.

The Coastguard received reports of an 18 year old fisherman who had suffered serious upper arm injuries whilst fishing for prawns approximately 3 miles south east of Kirkcaldy around 9:30pm.

Aberdeen Coastguard coordinated the rescue, with the casualty taken to an awaiting ambulance at Kirkcaldy harbour. The volunteer Kinghorn lifeboat crew located the 32 foot boat, from Port Seton, around 9.45pm. The casualty was assessed before being transferred to the lifeboat for the 6 minute journey to Kirkcaldy.

Crewmember Mark Brown said, ‘due to the accurate position given by the casualty, and the good weather conditions, we were able to get to the casualty within 15 minutes of being alerted.

‘We assessed the casualty on arrival, and found a significant injury to his left arm. It is understood that he had caught it in a moving part. We transferred the casualty to the lifeboat and took him to Kirkcaldy. We reckon the casualty was in hospital around 25-30 minutes after the initial call.

‘The local Coastguard Rescue Team met us at Kirkcaldy to assist with getting the casualty off the lifeboat. Meanwhile, a member of the lifeboat crew stayed on the fishing boat to assist the remaining crewman. Another local fishing boat also responded and assisted with getting the boat back to Port Seton.’

The volunteer lifeboat crew then returned to Kinghorn around 10.30pm to wash and fuel the lifeboat.