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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOUT FOR KINGHORN LIFEBOAT

21/06/2014

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 2.09pm to a grounded yacht off Inchkeith Island on Saturday. The 30’ vessel had struck rocks whilst entering the harbour.

The crew were tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard following reports of a vessel in difficulty from a group on the Island. The yacht had a list of around 35° and the tide was still dropping. There was one person onboard and he was uninjured.

The lifeboat crew arrived at the vessel around four minutes after launch and quickly assessed the situation and available options.

Helmsman Scott McIlravie said, ‘on arrival it was clear that the vessel was aground and leaning away from the main group of rocks. It was decided that the safest method was to attempt to tow the vessel back of the rocks as the tide still had around 1m to drop before low tide at 4.36pm.

‘A crew member went onboard the casualty vessel to assist with the recovery and allow communications with the lifeboat.

‘After several attempts to free the yacht we were able to remove it from the rocks and then we made sure it was not significantly damaged or taking on water.

‘Once we were happy that the yacht was safe and the skipper was happy we left him to continue with his trip.

Kinghorn Lifeboat Station has a number of big events coming up. On Thursday 26th June the volunteer crew will carry the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton to Kirkcaldy harbour, and then final preparations will begin for the annual Open Day on Saturday 12th July, between Noon and 4pm. This is a great day out for the whole family with a number of attractions such as beach games and stalls, with the highlight being a rescue demonstration with the lifeboat and a military search and rescue helicopter (tbc).