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THREE RESCUED AFTER BOAT SINKS OFF BURNTISLAND

13/04/2007

Three people were rescued by Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat after their boat sank in Burntisland Bay last night (10 April 2007).

The occupants were bailing their boat out and waving for help after the three-metre speedboat broke down just after 6.30pm.

Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat launched at 6.40pm and whilst underway was informed by Forth Coastguard that the boat had sunk and there were now three people in the water.

On arrival the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were soon able to find the three casualties after one fired a small personal flare. One of the casualties was standing on top of the boat's bow waving, and the other two were in the water about 10 metres from the boat.

Neil Chambers, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew at Kinghorn says: 'We went alongside the three men and recovered them to the RNLI lifeboat. They were given survival bags to keep they warm and out of the wind for the short journey to the nearby slipway. They were uninjured, just a bit cold.'

'After landing the three men ashore, we went back out to recover some of the debris floating around the sunken boat, and managed to tow the boat back to the slipway.'

The casualties were handed over to a waiting ambulance and checked over, Kinghorn coastguard team were also in attendance.

Weather on scene was Southwest gentle breeze with excellent visibility and slight sea.

Notes to the editor
1. Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were; Steve Currie, Neil Chalmers, Andy Preston, Mark Brown. Volunteer RNLI Shorecrew were Norman Soutar and Brian Paton.
2. This is the fourteenth search and rescue Kinghorn has been involved in this year.

By Rachel Martin RNLI Perth