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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



The fine weather has sparked off the usual spate of callouts for the volunteers of Scotland's busiest RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. RNLI Kinghorn lifeboat had a record 57 rescue missions last year, and look likely to achieve that figure again this year.

The first rescue of the day, and the 23rd of the year, started for the volunteer crew with their pagers being activated at 8.45am (25/06/06). The crew were tasked by the Coastguard to assist the 35 foot fishing vessel, 'The Marrie Bay' which had suffered engine failure, brought about by a burst fuel pipe, leading to an airlocked fuel pump. The boat was drifting north east of Inchkeith Island and had 3 men on board, aged 30-40 years from the Edinburgh area.

The crew of Helmsman Paul Wibberly, Steve Currie, Mike Chalmers and Phil Smythe, arrived on scene within ten minutes and attached a tow rope to the stricken vessel and towed it safely to its home harbour at Newhaven.

The second rescue (24th) began with the pagers being activated again at 2.45pm. This time the volunteer crew were sent to Kirkcaldy Bay to assist a 22 foot rib (inflatable) which had suffered gearbox failure whilst on a trip from its home port of Granton, Edinburgh. The rib had 6 persons on board, 3 men and 3 women all in their early 30's, and was drifting in the bay without power.

The lifeboat arrived within 10 minutes of being launched and found the boat to be drifting 2 miles south east of West Wemyss, although all on board were sensibly wearing lifejackets, the 3 women were transferred to the lifeboat for the tow back into Dysart Harbour for safety.

Helmsman Paul Wibberly said, " Its been a fairly busy day for us, normally we have training arranged on a Sunday, but we had to fit that in between real shouts today! Both rescues were straightforward tows, carried out in good weather which makes a nice change. When we towed the rib from Granton Harbour into Dysart Harbour, the crew received a 'friendly' welcome, not so much a welcome as a question...How long are ye gonnae be here?..Still its not often we get to carry 3 young ladies on the it was a bonus."

Kinghorn Lifeboat will be holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 15th July, 1230 - 4pm, where the Public will get a chance to see the RNLI lifeboat close up and also in action, along with lots of fun and games and chances to win some stunning prizes.

1. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity that provides a lifesaving service sea (up to 100 nautical miles) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2. As a charity the RNLI relies on public donations to help train and equip its volunteer lifeboat crews helping them to continue to save lives at sea, safely and effectively.
3. Without the commitment and dedication of volunteers the RNLI's role of saving lives at sea would be impossible.

(Attached jpegs show RNLI Kinghorn Lifeboat crew towing the stricken vessel Marrie Bay, with Steve Currie on the Helm, Mike Chalmers on the side and Phil Smythe on board the fishing boat, the other jpegs show the 3 women from the second incident aboard Kinghorn Lifeboat with Helmsman Paul Wibberly at the helm, towing the disabled rib.)