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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew were involved in the rescue of an injured merchant seaman from a tanker in the Firth of Forth on Sunday morning.

A call for assistance was made to Aberdeen Coastguard around 8.40am by the crew of the 97m chemical tanker Coral Meandra, after an engineer seriously injured a finger in the engine room. The volunteer crew of Kinghorn Lifeboat was requested to recover the man to get him to hospital as soon as possible.

The tanker was anchored approximately 2 miles east of Kirkcaldy when the incident happened. The lifeboat crew were alerted at 09.02am, and were alongside the tanker around 12 minutes later.

Helmsman Neil Chalmers continued, ‘the tanker had initially requested a helicopter to evacuate the sailor as he was unable to climb down a ladder to a boat; however, the helicopter was going to be approximately 45 minutes, and the crew of the tanker were concerned about the casualty’s condition so Aberdeen Coastguard requested assistance from Kinghorn Lifeboat.

‘We arrived at the vessel around 8 minutes after launch, and the tanker used its own lifeboat to lower the casualty to water level. We then transferred the injured person to the lifeboat before returning to Kinghorn where an ambulance was waiting.

‘The casualty was then taken to hospital for treatment. On this occasion the lifeboat was a much quicker method of getting the casualty ashore for medical treatment.’

The crew on this shout were Neil Chalmers, Brian Paton Melanie McGarva and Thomas Wibberley. The lifeboat was launched by tractor driver Steve Brown.