THREE LIVES SAVED BY LIFEBOAT CREW
Kinghorn Lifeboat was launched last night (9/5/2004) when a young girl and two adult males in their twenties found themselves in difficulty in the water off Portobello.
"The 10 year-old girl and one of the men had been out on a jet-ski which apparently capsized, tipping them into the water," explained RNLI crewman Scott McIlravie.
"The owner of the jet-ski had been watching from the shore and he swam out to try to help them," he continued, "but appears to have found himself struggling too.
"We were launched around 8.25 pm," Scott went on, "and took them ashore where fortunately they were found to be suffering from little more than the effects of the cold."
It is thought that the three people rescued are all from the Edinburgh area.
The Atlantic 75 lifeboat, one of the fastest in the RNLI fleet, was crewed last night by Scott McIlravie, Darren Maddison and Andy Preston.
Kinghorn's Myre Park will play host to an unusual visitor later this month (22/5/2004) when a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland drops in.
The chopper will arrive around 11.30 am, shortly before helping recent recruits to the RNLI Kinghorn Lifeboat see their training reach new heights off the Fife shoreline at lunchtime.
The new crew members will be among those raised and lowered from the helicopter helicopter during a regular visit to exercise rescue techniques.
The Kinghorn Lifeboat crew are always on the look out for new volunteers and anyone wishing more information can contact the Lifeboat Station by telephone (01592 890663) or via e-mail ( email@example.com ). Or alternatively callers can visit the Lifeboat Station any Sunday morning when the crew train between 10 am and noon.
Another opportunity to see the craft and crew at close quarters will be on Saturday, 17th July, when the Lifeboat Station hosts its annual Open Day.