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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn's RNLI Lifeboat was called into action today (28/01/07) to rescue a Jet Skier off Buckhaven.

The volunteer crew's pagers were activated at 5.30pm after a report was received by the Coastguard of a blue and white Jet Ski in trouble off Buckhaven. The crew launched the lifeboat within 5 minutes of the shout and made their way towards the casualty.

Crewman Neil Chalmers said, "We made our way to Buckhaven which took us about 15 minutes to get there. The Jet Skier was a man in his 30's from Methil. He was quite lucky, as it was starting to get dark and it would have been much more difficult for us to locate him then. The sea only had a small swell and the visibility was good, as a result we quickly found him about half a mile offshore from RGC at Methil. He had drifted a fair bit in the currents and wind. We attached a tow rope and towed him back to Buckhaven Beach."

He continued, "It appears that he either ran out of fuel or suffered an engine failure, however he was well equipped and had a wetsuit with a windproof suit on top which prevented him from suffering from the cold. Even with all the gear on though, he seemed pretty happy to be back on dry land!"

The crew on this occasion were Helmsman Billy McAndrew, Brian Paton and Neil Chalmers, the Shore Crew was Evelyn Stoker.

Kinghorn's Fundraising committee is also looking for new members to help raise funds for the RNLI lifeboats. The AGM It will be held on Wednesday 21st Feb, 7.30pm in Kinghorn Community Centre. Wine and nibbles will be available, so if you wish to help save lives at sea, you will be made more than welcome, no previous experience neccesary! Every penny raised helps keep the lifeboats operating.

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.
4. RNLI website -