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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat crew showed that they are always ready to respond to their pagers, whatever they are doing, following a callout on Saturday night whilst celebrating the marriage of a fellow crew member.

The volunteer crew had just arrived at the Bay hotel for the wedding celebration when their pagers alerted them to a broken down boat off Burntisland just after 8pm. The vessel was anchored beside the main shipping channel, and the two man crew required assistance following engine failure.

Duty lifeboat crew members ran out of the venue in their kilts and dresses to go to the nearby lifeboat station. The disabled vessel was approximately half a mile south-east of the black rock and the wedding party was able to see the lifeboat arriving on scene around 15 minutes after the pagers had gone off.

Lifeboat helmsman Scott McIlravie continued, ‘We were all surprised when the pager went off during the celebration of crew member Steven Wallace’s wedding, but our crews are always prepared for this situation.

‘We found the vessel was very close to the shipping channel, so when we arrived it was decided to establish a tow and we took the vessel to Burntisland harbour where we secured it alongside.

‘The vessel was back in the harbour around 30 minutes later. We then returned to station where we washed and fuelled the lifeboat before returning to the wedding celebration around 10pm.

‘Our volunteer crews are always ready to respond to the pager, whatever we are doing. We must have been the best dressed crew as we all ran to the station in our wedding outfits!‘

The lifeboat was also crewed by Mark Brown, Megan Davidson and Thomas Wibberley. Brian Crow and Dave Galloway were launching crew.