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LIFEBOAT CALLED TO BOAT AND A MEDIVAC

12/08/2014

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers have responded to two callouts in recent days.

The lifeboat was called out at lunchtime on Sunday after a local dive boat broke down off Seafield Tower. The second incident occurred on Monday night around 11.45pm when an elderly man took ill on a leisure boat moored in Burntisland harbour.

Helmsman Keith Hay explained that both incidents were quickly resolved, ‘on Sunday we were called to a 10m RIB which had suffered engine failure at rocks known as the East Vows. We established a tow of the boat, which had ten people on board, and returned the vessel to Burntisland.

‘On Monday night we were requested by the Coastguard to assist Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team and Ambulance service to transfer an elderly gentleman from a boat in Burntisland’s East dock to a suitable landing stage where he was taken to a waiting ambulance. He had taken ill on his own vessel and was unable to make his own way off the boat.

‘This was a great example of teamwork with our partner rescue services and something we train for regularly.’