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KINGHORN LIFEBOAT VOLUNTEERS VICTIMS OF HOAX CALL

06/10/2014

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were the victims of a hoax call on Monday evening, which resulted in a search of the Seafield area of Kirkcaldy.

A hoax call was made to Aberdeen Coastguard around 5pm on Monday evening reporting that a three year old child was in the water behind the Morrisons superstore at the southern end of Kirkcaldy promenade.

Kinghorn Lifeboat was tasked by the coastguard to undertake a search of the area, along with Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team and a RAF Rescue helicopter from Boulmer.

A search of the area was undertaken before the coastguard received another call from the same phone number reporting another incident at a different location. At this time all search and rescue assets were stood down and the search was called off.

A Kinghorn Lifeboat spokesman said, ‘Hoax calls like these are a huge waste of resources, and potentially divert rescue services from real emergencies.

‘Our volunteer crew spent 30 minutes searching the area before it became apparent that the report was not genuine. This puts our crew at unnecessary risk, as well as the boat as conditions close inshore were difficult today with a 1m swell.

‘We understand that the Police are looking into this hoax call incident and we would ask if anyone knows who is responsible for these calls to contact police.’

The crew on this occasion were Kenny Davidson, Thomas Wibberley and Richard Malcomson. The lifeboat was launched by tractor driver Mark Gowans.