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Boy swept off promenade in dumping seas

07/04/2001

A 15 year old boy was swept off the coastline on Saturday as dumping seas battered the coast of Fife.

The boy had been playing on the shoreline with friends as waves hit the sea wall at Kirkcaldy Esplanade following days of high winds. It appears that a wave managed to breach the sea wall and sweep the boy out to sea. Kinghorn lifeboat was called to the scene but bystanders managed to recover the boy ashore when he was swept back in again.

The lifeboat was sent home shortly before arriving on scene, meanwhile the boy seems to have survived his ordeal, following some attention in hospital. The same dumping sea made recovery of the lifeboat a little difficult, but the crew had the boat ashore again within minutes.