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KINGHORN LIFEBOAT RESCUE DIVER

11/05/2014

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were diverted from exercise on Sunday to assist a 23 year old diver who had got into difficulties off the Fife Coast.

The crew were training near the Gunnet Ledge near Inchkeith when they heard a nearby dive boat reporting to Aberdeen Coastguard that they had a diver onboard who had got into difficulties shortly after beginning a dive on the Saucy wreck.

The Lifeboat crew made their way to the dive boat to offer assistance. Meanwhile, a Royal Navy rescue helicopter was diverted to the scene from a training exercise at Arbroath.

Helm Leanne Fisher continued, ‘the male diver had suffered minor difficulties following descent to approximately 20m. The diver had then quickly returned to the surface, and was recovered onto the dive boat.

‘The crew of the dive vessel had made a precautionary call for assistance, and when we arrived on scene the diver was in good spirits. At the request of the helicopter we took the casualty onboard the lifeboat and undertook a moving transfer to Rescue Helicopter 177 from Prestwick.

‘The casualty was then flown to Aberdeen for further treatment, where there is a specialist diving medical facility.’

This was the third call out in the past week for the Kinghorn crew. On Monday the lifeboat was called to assist with a person in the water at Buckhaven, and on Tuesday the volunteer crew was called to a broken down speedboat off Port Seton.