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Kinghorn Lifeboat Launches to Injured Mariner

22/02/2002

Kinghorn Lifeboat was launched on Friday 22nd February to an injured crewmember on board the tanker HAVRIM at anchor off Kirkcaldy Bay in Fife.

The crewman had severed the end of one finger in an accident on board ship. He was to be brought ashore to an ambulance which would be waiting at Kinghorn. The weather conditions at the time meant that the 7.5m RIB had to battle against seas and strong winds - with squalls of snow and hail - to take the injured man ashore.

Helmsman Mike McErlane said "The nature of the incident was bad enough, but the conditions on scene made the rescue effort more difficult. A larger boat would have struggled to stay alongside the ship as long as we needed to. The ride ashore for the crewman must have felt rather dicey though!"

All indications are that the crewman will be back on ship int he next day or two, but the end of his finger could not be saved.