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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



The third annual Kinghorn Loony Dook was held on New Year’s Day at
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat station and was another great success with nearly 100 people taking to the water.

After the storms of late, a lull in the weather allowed the sun to make an appearance and nearly 100 people, many in fancy dress, took to the water to bring in 2014. Hundreds of spectators lined the promenade and surrounding braes to watch the Loony Dookers.

Over £745 was donated on the day, and further sponsorship is expected to make the final total around £1,200.

Kinghorn Lifeboat Press Officer, Neil Chalmers said, ‘The Kinghorn Dook is becoming a popular event in the town calendar with even more people coming out to support the event today. We had many different outfits on display, and also four ‘undertakers’ laying 2013 to rest at sea in a coffin!

‘The generosity of everyone who attended was enormous with £745 donated during the event. A number of participants also raised sponsorship for taking part, and we anticipate this amounting to around £500.

‘The RNLI around the UK and Ireland rescued or aided nearly 25,000 people in 2012 and the funds raised at events such as the Dook will enable the RNLI to continue providing this service. The RNLI is a charity which does not receive any assistance from the UK Government.’

Kinghorn lifeboat undertook a total of 38 callouts in 2013, the final to assist a distressed female at Kirkcaldy beach on 30th December. The casualty was recovered to the lifeboat and taken to an awaiting ambulance at Kirkcaldy harbour. It is understood that she was suffering from the onset of hypothermia.