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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat was called into action on Sunday after a sailing dinghy capsized off Portobello around 3.00pm.

The crew were called to a report of a capsized dinghy with two persons on its upturned hull. A local rescue boat was in attendance but unable to assist due to the poor weather conditions. Kinghorn lifeboat arrived on scene 16 minutes after launching and was able to affect the rescue.

Lifeboat helm Leanne Fisher continues, ‘when we arrived we recovered the two male casualties into the lifeboat off the upturned vessel. They were both well equipped, and had not suffered any injuries or hypothermia. They were then able to assist with the recovery of the dinghy.We managed to get the dinghy to begin to right and two crew members were able to right the hull. The boat was then towed back to Portobello Sailing Club.

‘The weather conditions were quite poor which made the journey to Portobello and rescue more difficult; the wind was around force 5 with 2m - 3m high waves.
Leanne concluded, ‘the local rescue boat made the correct decision in requesting further assistance for this rescue. We would always recommend calling the further assistance sooner rather than later in circumstances such as this.’

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station is preparing for their annual Open Day which will be held on Saturday, 13th July between 12pm and 4pm at Kinghorn Beach. This is your opportunity to see the Lifeboat ‘Tommy Niven’ up close, and see a rescue demonstration with RAF rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 131’. There will also be stalls and fundraising events to help keep the RNLI afloat.