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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Both Kinghorn and Anstruther RNLI lifeboats were called to rescue a stricken fishing vessel, near Lower Largo, in Largo Bay tonight. (05/02/06)

Helmsman Keith Hay said, "The vessel, 'KG'(sic) a 30 foot fishing boat, from Pittenweem, lost propulsion after an engine fire and was unable to return to port under its own steam. Although a rising tide and westerly wind threatened to push the vessel onto rocks, the crew of 2 had securely anchored her, awaiting rescue."

"Due to the position and size of the vessel, Forth Coastguard called out both RNLI lifeboats to attend the scene. The volunteers' crew pagers were activated around 4.45pm and Kinghorn, being the smaller and faster inshore lifeboat, arrived on scene within 20 minutes of launching and stood by ensuring there were no problems until Anstruthers' all weather, Kingdom of Fife lifeboat arrived around 15 minutes later and took the vessel under tow back to Pittenweem Harbour."

The Crew of Kinghorn lifeboat on this occasion were helmsmen Paul Wibberly and Keith Hay and crewmen Mike Teevan and Phil Smythe.