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      SEE THIS YEARS OPEN - FREE! (28/06/2007) more...
        One of the RNLI's busiest Inshore Lifeboats in Scotland, Kinghorn Lifeboat, which covers both Edinburgh and Fife sides of the Forth, is holding an Open Day on Saturday 7th July, 2007 between 1pm and 4pm.

        "This year's annual Open Day will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, 7th July," explained Leanne Fisher, a member of the volunteer crew, "and we hope that as many people as possible will come along on what promises to be a very special and enjoyable day.".

        The crews are hoping for an all-time high number of visitors when they open their doors to the public, as this is THE major fund-raising event of the year for Kinghorn and the station will play host to visitors of all ages wishing to see the historic lifeboat up close and to meet the crew, men and women, who have already responded to 31 rescue calls this year.

        "We always look forward to our annual Open Day," Leanne continued, "when we can show off the 'Frederick Robertson', our 24 ft long, Atlantic 75 rescue craft, the fastest in the RNLI fleet and capable of up to 34 knots. It allows people to see our boat, speak with the crews and have some good old fashioned fun and games."

        "The boat will be just one of the attractions on display, however," she added, "with a host of other activities, such as an inter-service tug of war, a rescue display, Static displays by the emergency services, stalls and fun for everyone being laid on throughout the afternoon at the Lifeboat Station and adjacent beach area. This year the Ship Tavern will also be supporting us by holding a BBQ with burgers and refreshments."

        The RNLI operates more than 320 lifeboats throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, launching on average 21 times and saving 2 lives every day of the year.

        Many of the rescues involve people visiting the coast from inland, often ordinary people caught out by a change in the weather or an extra high tide, with nearly 2000 rescues last year also involving people in distress who were not on board a vessel of any kind but who had been cut off by high water, were swimmers, divers and others who had fallen off cliffs and piers.

      MAY DAY! (07/05/2007) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn had to battle through Gale Force winds and stormy seas to rescue four stranded visitors to Crammond Island on the May Bank Holiday.

        Around 3.30pm on Sunday (06/05/07) the volunteer crew were alerted to the plight of the four by the Coastguard. Queensferry lifeboat who usually deal with calls to Crammond Island were already searching for a person believed in the water to the west of the Forth Road Bridge.

        Scott McIlravie, the helmsman on the mission said, "We were called to take 4 tourists off Cramond Island. We launched into a full Gale Force 8 westerly wind and made slow, but heavy progress towards Incholm island. The waves were so steep, and the wind so strong that I couldn't risk taking the sea anything other than head on until I was closer to the relative shelter of Inchcolm island and the narrower Forth area. Whilst sitting off the east side of Incholm we were able to establish communications with the local coastguard team, on the shore opposite Cramond, and decided that attempting to land on the exposed beaches on the Western side would be too dangerous in the conditions, so I took the lifeboat to the eastern side of the island."

        He continued, "I put Neil Chalmers (crewman) ashore to round up the four (two men from Poland and two women from South Africa) and he brought them down to a rocky outcrop beside the causeway. The wind was blowing round the island so I was unable to nose in to the rocks and hold the lifeboat there safely, especially as it was still blowing around a F6/7 in the area, so I had to bring the lifeboat in with its shoulder onto a boulder that was a hop away from shore, where Neil would (almost literally) throw the people onto the bow of the lifeboat, helped by Brian Paton in the boat. I would then have to reverse off before I would be blown sideways onto the rocky outcrop, whilst Neil prepared the next person, and then we'd start all over."

        "We evacuated the four, plus Neil, from the island and took them to Granton, as it was travelling with the sea and was a safer ride for the passengers. Our trip home from Granton to Kinghorn was very wet, but less physically demanding than the original journey to Inchcolm."

        Crew on this occasion included Brian Paton, with Norman Soutar and Ian McLean on the tractor, and Mark Brown giving shore support. Wind was Gale Force 8 off Kinghorn, about F6/7 at Cramond, Westerly with very heavy seas, gusts and poor visibility in the spray.

        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

      GOLDEN NUGGETS IN KINGHORN (12/03/2007) more...
        A highly acclaimed Group will appear in concert in Kinghorn on Friday 24th March in a fundraising bid for the RNLI.

        RNLI Crewman and fundraiser at Kinghorn, Neil Chalmers said "Quern are a highly acclaimed group that have toured all over the world, including Australia, Russia and Canada. They have also appeared at the Edinburgh Festival where they achieved excellent critical reviews."

        "They were described as one of the Fringe's nuggets of Gold and will display their talents within Kinghorn Parish Church Hall, on Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm. Although tickets are selling well, there are still places available. Tickets will cost £6 each, are available from Kinghorn Community Centre and all monies raised will go into funding the RNLI lifeboats."

        "So why not come along, have a fantastic evening and at the same time be helping volunteer crews like Kinghorn, to remain on 24hour, 365 days a year rescue availability"

      RIB RESCUE OFF PRESTONPANS (04/03/2007) more...
        The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Kinghorn and the RNLI All Weather Trent Lifeboat from Dunbar were both tasked to a report of an overturned dinghy with a male person having been reported in the water for sometime, just off Cockenzie Power Station at Prestonpans.

        The Coastguard received a report of the incident around 3.05pm this afternoon (Sunday 04/03/07) and activated the pagers for Kinghorn Lifeboat's volunteer crew. The All Weather Lifeboat from Dunbar which had been training near the area was also sent, due to reports of almost gale force weather conditions in the area and the problems that such weather could cause to the smaller inshore lifeboat if the seas were too rough.

        Helmsman Scott McIlravie, from Kinghorn Lifeboat said, "We launched within minutes and despite large waves rolling into Kinghorn Bay and a fairly rough crossing, with a 2-3 metre swell, we arrived on scene around 3.25pm, just seconds before the Dunbar Lifeboat, which had been training in the area, also arrived. Although we had been initially told that there was a male in the water, we found out that he had actually made it ashore. The weather conditions were not as bad as had been reported to the Coastguard, and were well within the tolerance of the inshore craft."

        "When we arrived at the disabled 'rib', a 4 metre, inflatable vessel, which had suffered engine failure, there were two men and two teenagers on board. The rib was only 150 metres from the shore but was being buffetted by the conditions. The teenagers were wearing wetsuits which were soaking from the rain and were suffering from the elements so we provided them with a heat preserving blanket. The male who swam ashore was already being treated by an Ambulance crew. Apparently the owner of the rib, from the Edinburgh area, had just received the vessel back after having repairs made to the electrics and was testing it out, when it broke down again."

        "We towed the vessel ashore where the teenagers also received medical attention. I think the owner will be having words with the repairer!"

        The crew on this occasion were Mike Chalmers and Phil Smyth, shore Crew were Ian McLean and Norman Soutar.

      JET SKIER RESCUED OFF BUCKHAVEN (28/01/2007) more...
        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 -

      DOOK BY THE DOCK! (03/01/2007) more...
        Within two days of their last Callout of 2006, the RNLI lifeboat Crew at Kinghorn received their first Callout of 2007!

        The volunteer crew 'First Footed' the lifeboat at 9.50pm on Tuesday evening (02/01/07) after the Coastguard had been notified of a man 'swimming', about 200 yards offshore from Port Seton Harbour, near Edinburgh. Although Police and Ambulance were on scene, they had requested the RNLI lifeboat to help extricate the 30 year old man from the freezing waters, as he was refusing to come out on his own.

        Helmsman Steve Currie said, "We launched immediately and although the Forth was fairly calm on the Fife side, after passing Inchkeith Island it became a bit choppy. We arrived within 20 minutes of setting off, and the Police had already mounted their own rescue using a small dinghy from the harbour and had managed to drag the man on board it, but hadn't been able to return to shore, so we assisted the two Policemen and the casualty on board the lifeboat and ferried them ashore. The man looked to be very hypothermic and was staggering about when we returned them to the shore, but an Ambulance Crew were all ready waiting to treat him."

        " It was after 11pm by the time we returned to Kinghorn and recovered the lifeboat, luckily the shore crew were waiting with a hot cup of tea, as it was a bitterly cold crossing and we needed some warming up before we had to start the washing and refuelling of the boat ready for the next shout!"

        The crew on this occasion, were Rob Moore and Leanne Fisher, the Shore crew were Evelyn Stoker and Neil Chalmers.

        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was launched today (31/12/06) on its 58th shout of the year!

        The callout came at 2.10pm on the last day of the year and in some of the worst weather conditions to have faced the volunteer crews this year. The crew were alerted after a jet skier was reported to be in trouble, in the choppy Firth, about 400yards off Portabello Beach.

        The volunteers quickly launched the lifeboat into the force 7 winds which were whipping up waves of two metres in height, throughout their journey across the Firth of Forth.

        Helmsman Billy McAndrew said, "The initial report we received from the Coastguard was of a man on a Jet Ski having suffered engine failure and being washed out from the shore in the strong prevailing wind. We launched the lifeboat into some of the biggest waves we have seen this year, and had travelled past Inchkeith and were about two miles from the casualty, when we were advised that he had made it ashore safely, and were asked to return to base. This was a very rough crossing! The wind was against us and the waves were almost continuously two metres in height, which made for a very uncomfortable ride in the 7.5 metre Atlantic 75 inflatable rib lifeboat. When we returned to Kinghorn the waves were so large that they prevented us from recovering the boat in the normal fashion and we were forced to carry out a 'Net Recovery' in which the front of the lifeboat is driven forward into a net which catches it and prevents it from continuing over the top of the tractor when caught in a monster wave. Although we were only out for around half an hour it certainly felt a lot longer and I hope I get the chance to sooth out some of the aches in a bath before we get another shout!"

        The other crew on this occasion were Rob Moore and Mike Chalmers, on shore were Evelyn Stoker and Ian McLean.

        The volunteers are available 365 days of the year and regularly receive callouts during the festive period. This is a new record number of callouts for the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn, and last year was the busiest inshore lifeboat in Scotland.

      KLIFF, RESCUES AND MORE. (05/11/2006) more...
        The winners of the recent name the dummy competition, met up with him on a visit to the RNLI lifeboat house at Kinghorn today (5/11/06).

        Hazel and Richard Hyslop with son Jake, from Dalgety Bay, came up with the winning name "KLIFF" which stands for Kinghorn Lifeboat Imitation Floating Friend, as a result they won the competition which allowed them a free family pass to this years Spooky Walk.

        Hazel said, "Jake (5) is lifeboat daft and a member of the RNLI's Storm Force for kids, we decided we would enter the competition and Jake told me I had better win! We really enjoyed the Spooky Walk which was funny and scary, and had Jake screaming his head off at one point, although he said he wasn't scared! Jake just loves the lifeboats and we visit stations on our holidays as well, but he has really enjoyed his day today, being shown around the station, and getting a shot on the boat, he is in his element, and the RNLI lifeboats is such a worthwhile cause."

        This year's Spooky Walk organised by the crew and local fundraisers, raised £423 for the lifeboat charity, and the crew and fundraisers wish to extend their thanks to everyone who helped make it a success. The lifeboat station is open most Sunday mornings, when training is carried out and members of the public are welcome to come along and see the lifeboat in action and have a look around the station.

        The busiest RNLI Inshore Lifeboat station in Scotland, was again called out to two incidents on Saturday (4/11/06) making their running total of call outs for this year already 49. The two calls involved a Kite surfer in trouble off Pettycur and a man stranded by the tides at Crammond Island. Both incidents were quickly dealt with by the volunteer crew, without incident.

        Attached jpegs shows the winning family - Hazel, Richard and Jake with the dummy they named and the lifeboat crew, and Jake sitting on the lifeboat with the crew enjoying a laugh.

      COULD YOU BE CAUGHT BY THE GHOULIES? (17/10/2006) more...
        The Competition run by the RNLI lifeboat Fundraising Committee at Kinghorn, to name the crew's new training dummy has been won by Hazel Hyslop from Dalgety Bay, who came up with the name 'KLIFF', which stands for Kinghorn Lifeboat Imitation Floating Friend. Hazel now wins a family ticket to the infamous Spooky Walk.

        The local lifeboat crew volunteers have decided to hold more spooky walks this Halloween, after the enjoyment shared by all in last 2 years' walks. Organiser and crew member, Keith Hay said, " The crew have decided to continue the Spooky walks this year, but to change the areas and stories which will be visited. So even if you were lucky enough to take part in last years walks, then this year will be totally different..with new scares awaiting the unsuspecting."

        "Carrying a clean change of underwear is recommended," he joked, adding " due to the nature of these types of walks we would advise that it is suitable for children aged 12 and over, but younger children should be accompanied by an adult who is aware that there is a fear factor built into them."

        The walks will be held on Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th October from 7pm each evening, with a walk starting every 20 minutes thereafter. The cost will remain at £3 per adult and £2 for Children/Concessions. It would be wise to book in advance by telephoning 07794652874, although you can also turn up on the night ..but places were at a premium last year.

        There will also be entertainment, Face painting, Lucky dips, Tea/Coffee etc within the lifeboat Station, with free lollypops to anyone in fancy dress. All monies raised will go directly into the RNLI funds for the lifeboats.

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