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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Despite the dreary weather on Saturday, Kinghorn Lifeboat still managed to thrill the crowd with a life saving display.

The venue for the event was Dalgety Bay Sailing Club's Open Day. Kinghorn's Inshore Lifeboat, an Atlantic 75 - one of the fastest in the RNLI fleet, was on display at the Sailing Club.

Kinghorn Lifeboat covers both sides of the forth from Aberdour to Largo Bay on the north and Granton to Gullane on the south.

Mike McErlane, a volunteer Helmsman on the crew said,"We are invited along to Dalgety Bay Sailing Club's Open Day every year. It gives us the opportunity to show off the capabilities of the lifeboat to a captive audience, who usually have some interest in boats. At the same time we can highlight the reason for our being and the rescue display gives us the chance to show off our highly trained capabilities."

The lifeboat speeds away after recovering a 'casualty' during the rescue demonstration

"I hope that by giving up my own time to show people what we can do, that they will remember us when it comes to putting their hand in their pockets! The lifeboats are totally funded by contributions from the public and people will have the chance to help save lives on the sea by coming along to Kinghorn Lifeboat's Open Day on July 17th."

The other members of the crew at the event were Mhairi Hay, Neil Chalmers, Philip Smythe and not forgetting Judith Frame, the tractor driver who launched and recovered the craft.