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SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING A 7 YEAR OLD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY RESCUED BY KINGHORN LIFEBOAT

19/08/2005

Six people, including a 13 year old and a 7 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy, were rescued in the Forth by the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn this evening. (19/08/2005)

The incident occurred around 6.40pm, when Coastguard received a distress call from the sailing vessel "Prospect" a 23 foot sailing yacht which had run aground on the medulse rocks, just north of Inchcolm and with the ebbing tide, the boat was listing heavily.

Helmsman Paul Wibberly continued the story, "We received a page from the coastguard at 6.42pm this evening, and when launched we were tasked to head for the Medulse rocks which are north of Inchcolm. We initially received information that there were three people on board a vessel which had run aground and was tilting badly. As we neared the scene we were updated that there were in fact six people on board including a child with Cerebral Palsy."

"As we approached the Prospect we could see that it was listing badly and we needed to remove the crew fairly quickly. We transferred the children, a 13 year old and a 7 year old with Cerebral Palsy along with two women in their 30's and one man in his 40's. The owner of the boat elected to remain on board in the hope of refloating the vessel later when the tide came in."

"We transferred the casualties to Dalgety Bay Sailing Club, but apart from the children feeling the cold, no one required medical treatment. We now intend to return to the vessel around 11.30pm to ensure its safety, as it is hopefully refloated off the rocks. The owner did immediately admit to us that it was his wife's fault that he had run aground, but I thought it better not to dig deeper into the reason, although it appears that due to the very high tide and perhaps a moments inattention, the yacht has sailed onto the rocks. I was pleased to see that everyone on board was wearing a life jacket, as there have been a few calls recently when this has not been the case."

The other volunteer crew were Mike Chalmers and Andy Preston.