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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn 's Lifeboat Crew received no rest again tonight, when they were called out around 6.15pm, (11/08/04) to aid an injured walker near Braefoot Bay.

The alarm was raised after the woman, Pauline Johnston (in her 50's) from Edinburgh, who had been walking along a grassy path between Dalgety Bay and Braefoot Bay, slipped on the wet grass and broke her ankle and wrist whilst falling.

Although paramedics arrived on the scene to treat the ladies injuries, they were unable to extricate her to an ambulance from where she had fallen. The Ambulance service alerted the Coastguard to their plight and Coastguard personnel called out Kinghorn's volunteer crew for the second night in a row.

The Lifeboat was crewed by Helmsman, Mike McErlane, Keith Hay and Mike Chalmers. They were able to get within one hundred metres of the casualty, whereby Keith and Mike waded ashore, across the rocks to reach the injured woman.

The crew and Paramedics strapped the lady to a stretcher and along with the assistance of another man who had been walking in the area, they carried the stretcher to the waiting Lifeboat.

The Lifeboat thereafter ferried the casualty and her friend, to Dalgety Bay sailing club, where another Ambulance was waiting to receive her. She was thereafter transferred to Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline for treatment.

Crewman Keith Hay said of the callout, "We were helped out by a Good Samaritan, unfortunately I didn't get his name, but he remained with Pauline to allow her friend to summon help just after she had fallen, and he helped us to carry the stretcher to the Lifeboat, so I'd just like to thank him for his help."

The Shore Crew who assisted the Lifeboat to launch were Norman Soutar and Mhairi Hay.