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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat station held the second Kinghorn Loony Dook on New Years Day, and made a great start to the fundraising year.

Over £1,100 was raised on the day, and further sponsorship is expected to make the final total around £1,600.

The event was blessed with great sunshine and around 80 people braved the freezing Forth to welcome in 2013, and raise money for the RNLI. There were nearly 500 spectators who came along to witness the spectacle, and offer moral support to the swimmers.

Kinghorn Lifeboat Press Officer, Neil Chalmers said, ‘Once again we had great weather and an impressive turnout. Many people were in fancy dress with Vikings, penguins, Supermen, and many more taking the plunge into the icy waters of Kinghorn beach!

‘The inaugural Loony Dook in 2012 was a resounding success, and this year the public support was even greater. We were also presented with a £500 cheque by a couple who the lifeboat had assisted in June 2012.

‘The money raised today will help the volunteer crews to continue saving lives at sea, and assist with running costs of the RNLI’s 236 lifeboat stations. It costs, on average, £90,000 per year to run an inshore lifeboat station such as Kinghorn.

Kinghorn lifeboat undertook one of the final callouts of 2012 when the volunteer crew were launched at 1.40pm on Monday following reports of a person in the water at Leven beach.

A jet-skier had come of his machine. He managed to get to shore before the lifeboat arrived on scene; however the Coastguard requested that the lifeboat assisted in the recovery of the jet-ski which had drifted around a mile east. The volunteer crew found the jet-ski approximately 250m off Lower Largo, and took it in tow back to Leven beach.