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Fifty Shouts for Kinghorn!

10/10/2003

Thursday evening saw Kinghorn Lifeboat respond to its 50th shout of the year.

The station is a traditionally busy one, notching up dozens of rescues every summer alone. This year has been the busiest yet, with our fiftieth launch equalling last years' record. With over two months left until the end of the year it looks likely that, once again, Kinghorn will break all previous station records.

Commenting on the latest news, station official Gordon Tulloch said "It shows that the Firth of Forth is becoming more attractive for leisure users. This year alone we have been called to windsurfers, jetski's, yachts, dinghies, people on rocks - the list is almost endless." Gordon went on to point out that a particularly favourable summer climate and fears about foreign travel were also a contributing factor, with more people opting to spend their leisure time on the shores of the Forth.

"But the Forth can bite back," said Gordon - a lifeboatman since the mid 1960's - "Only last weekend the boat was called to rescue six people in a sailing dinghy who had been caught out by wind and sea off Edinburgh. Even the summer weather can change unexpectedly."

The lifeboat is expected to be in action again this weekend when a Royal Navy rescue sea-king from HMS Gannet (Prestwick) lands on the beach before taking part in a training exercise with Kinghorn and North Berwick lifeboats off Kinghorn Bay.