GOLDEN START AT KINGHORN LOONY DOOK
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station kicked off their golden anniversary year in style when around 80 people took part in the Kinghorn Loony Dook.
The forecast rain held off whilst the Dookers, many dressed in a golden theme, plunged into the icy waters of the Forth to welcome in 2015 and to help raise money for the RNLI charity. Hundreds of spectators lined the promenade and surrounding braes to watch the event.
Over £620 was donated to the RNLI on the day, and further sponsorship is expected to boost the final total.
Kinghorn Lifeboat Press Officer, Neil Chalmers said, ‘2015 is a landmark year for the station, with it celebrating 50 years of service on the Firth of Forth. The annual Loony Dook began the year of celebration, and this year we challenged swimmers to wear a golden theme.
‘We had a great turnout in the face of a poor weather forecast, and there was a great crowd of people at the beach taking part, as well as supporting and cheering on the brave souls!
‘Our lifeboat was launched this year for the event, and this undertook a demonstration in the bay and we had a number of crew members in the water providing safety cover. They confirmed that the water was very cold, even in their dry-suits and thermal clothing!
‘The generosity of everyone who attended was magnificent with £620 donated during the event; this funding is essential to maintain the lifesaving service, the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat stationed at Kinghorn costs £214,000, with annual running costs of an inshore lifeboat station, like Kinghorn, around £85,000 per year.
Kinghorn lifeboat undertook a total of 40 callouts in 2013, the final to assist in a search for a possible missing person around Kirkcaldy promenade.