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HOAX CALL-OUT FOR KINGHORN RNLI LIFEBOAT

22/10/2012

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were the victims of a hoax call on Friday following reports of a missing person.

The lifeboat crew were alerted at 1.55pm after the Coastguard received a 999 emergency call reporting a person in the water at Aberdour.

The lifeboat launched soon after and carried out a search around Aberdour bay along with a Coastguard rescue team and a rescue helicopter. The search took around one hour and nothing was found. It was then established that the call had been a hoax.

Lifeboat press officer, Neil Chalmers said, ‘We are disappointed that people feel the need to make hoax calls to the emergency services. The RNLI is a volunteer organisation, and all of the crew who respond to the pager have work and family commitments.

‘Incidents like this use precious funds which are raised by volunteers to help save lives at sea, and train lifeboat crew for the challenges they face.

‘Fortunately, incidents like this are rare.’

The crew at Kinghorn are busy this week making final preparations for their annual Halloween Spooky Walks, which take place on 25th-27th October at Kinghorn Lifeboat Station.