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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew has had a busy spell with four callouts in 72 hours covering both Fife and Lothian coastlines.

The flurry of callouts began on Thursday evening when the lifeboat was tasked to take part in a search for a vulnerable missing person around Longniddry. The person was later found ashore by the police.

A second callout occurred at 5.30pm on Friday evening after a dog fell over the seawall at the former Cockenzie power station.

On Saturday morning, just after 3am, a report of a drifting yacht of Burntisland lead to the volunteer crew being requested to locate the vessel, ensure no one was onboard, and then tow the boat to safety at Burntisland harbour.

The fourth job was on Sunday morning followed the sighting of a drifting mooring tender in Kirkcaldy bay by a commercial vessel. The dinghy was taken back to Kinghorn, where it was collected by its owner who had lost it when the towline to his yacht parted.

Press Officer, Neil Chalmers said, ?we have had a busy weekend, with a diverse range of callouts, in varied conditions, for our crews to deal with.

?All services ended with good outcomes, with the lifeboat crews working with North Berwick lifeboat, and Coastguard teams from North Berwick, Fisherrow, Queensferry, and Dunbar, as well as the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 999, from Prestwick at the Longniddry incident.

?On Friday the German shepherd dog had fallen around 25 feet onto rock armour at Cockenzie seawall. The owner was trying to get to the dog, but it was unsafe to do so, so the Coastguard requested assistance of the lifeboat.

?There was a small swell breaking on the rocks, from the westerly wind, which made accessing the rocks difficult. A crewmember clambered ashore to the animal which had injured its paw, and lost a dewclaw which was bleeding. The animal was taken to Cockenzie harbour where it was handed over to the owner and SSPCA for treatment.

?Our crew spent 6.5 hours at sea during these four callouts. After each call, the crew spend a further 1.5 ? 2 hours cleaning, debriefing, and making the boat ready for the next service.

?Our regular training exercises equip the crew to deal with the skills to undertake these varied tasks.?

On Saturday afternoon the volunteer crew also held their annual family barbeque, with colleagues from flank stations at Anstruther and South Queensferry joining Kinghorn station personnel for a catchup and game of rounders on the beach.