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        The arrival of the Spring holiday 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. Five Lives were saved in the Forth today in two dramatic rescues 3 by the lifeboat and two by a passing boat.

        In its second callout of the day, RNLI's Kinghorn Lifeboat was called into an immediate launch around 7.40pm tonight (Saturday 1/04/06) after a 14 foot motorboat 'Doodlebug' sent a mayday message to HM Coastguard reporting that he was taking on water and required immediate assistance.

        Volunteer Crewman Neil Chalmers said of the rescue, "The stricken vessel was a quarter of a mile off the ash lagoons near to Musselburgh. Updates during the dash across the Forth were relayed from the Coastguard who were in communication with the owner by mobile phone and who reported that the situation on board the speedboat was 'critical'. We knew the RNLI lifeboat was in a desperate race against time to save the lives of the 3 crew from musselburgh and edinburgh."

        "It took us almost 20 minutes at full speed, to make the crossing from Kinghorn to Musselburgh and to arrive in time to rescue the crew from the vessel and we thereafter took them on board, just as the vessel sunk. Thankfully the crew were none the worse for their ordeal, but thanked us warmley for arriving in the nick of time. The owner had only just fitted a GPS system and it was because of that he was able to relay an accurate location, which allowed us to head straight for his location rather than having to search for it which might have been too late!"

        "This was our second call out today, the earlier call in the afternoon was for another vessel which had sunk at Mortimer's Deep. We were called out to the 24 ft creel fishing boat 'Rachael Ruth' that had already sunk in the shipping channel off Inchcolm Island. Fortunately for the 2 crew, a 4 metre Rib "TORNADO 2" was nearby and rescued the two men and took them ashore to Dalgety Bay Sailing Club. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the crew made a medical assessment of the two men, and requested an ambulance since one of the men was very hypothermic. The lifeboat then left the men in the care of the Coastguard and surveyed the area in which the boat had sunk for debris and fuel leakage, before heading home."

        The volunteer crews who attended the two 'shouts' were Helmsmen Keith Hay and Paul Wibberly along with Crewmen Mike Chalmers, Phil Smythe, Neil Chalmers and Shore crew Ian McLean.

        The RNLI would take this opportunity to remind boat owners to check over their boats and have them serviced prior to taking to the water, advice is available through a free SEACheck service from the RNLI.

      AMBULANCE SERVICE ALL AT SEA! (20/03/2006) more...
        In the first such initiative in Scotland which has been actively encouraged by the Scottish Ambulance Service, around 60 Fife based ambulance staff have applied to take part in a joint training session with RNLI Kinghorn lifeboat volunteers.

        Scottish Ambulance Service staff predict that once the benefits of the training are identified, other areas of Scotland may follow suit. Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat covers both the Fife and Lothian's coastline, and the crew hope that Ambulance staff on the Lothian's side of the Forth will also wish to take advantage of the training at a later date. The training will take place over 6 weekends, to enable everyone who has applied to benefit from the course.

        RNLI's training officer at Kinghorn, Liz Davidson said, "The benefits to everyone from this type of joint service training are clear, we receive many rescue calls every year which are designated as 'medevacs' (medical evacuation). Each one is different, but all require prompt medical care. Although our volunteer crews are trained in first aid, they are of course, no substitute for the professionalism of the Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedics."

        "Most calls received, relate to injuries sustained on vessels at sea, but we also receive calls relating to walkers along the shoreline/coastal walks who have become injured, but are inaccessible to land based emergency crews. Up until now we were unable to take Paramedics along with us, as they were not trained or equipped to go to sea in a lifeboat. This meant that valuable first aid of such a high level, was unavailable to those in need until the lifeboat arrived back on shore. The RNLI proactively seeks to train with other emergency agencies to ensure that casualties receive the best possible care during an emergency response, providing a prompt initial level of medical care along the coastline around the Forth Estuary."

        Tom Robertson, Area Service Manager for Scottish Ambulance Service Fife, said, "This type of training has been long overdue, we are not a service which is used to standing by where casualties are concerned. We know the importance of immediate paramedic assistance and now with this joint training initiative with the RNLI, we are placing ourselves back in the forefront of being able to provide initial medical care for casualties on and around the sea, whilst keeping our own staff safe thanks to the professionalism of the volunteers on the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn and the high level of training they receive and have passed on to my staff."

        Progressive, specialist training prepares RNLI lifeboat crews to operate safely and effectively in some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions at sea. As a charity the RNLI relies on public donations to support its lifesaving service. Training costs an average of £1,000 per year per crew member, which is why the charity has launched its Train One, Save Many campaign to help raise funds to train its volunteer lifeboat crews. For more information please go to or call 01738 642999.

        Figures just released by the RNLI confirm that Kinghorn is in fact the busiest Inshore lifeboat in Scotland.

      RNLI JOINT RESCUE MISSION (05/02/2006) more...
        Both Kinghorn and Anstruther RNLI lifeboats were called to rescue a stricken fishing vessel, near Lower Largo, in Largo Bay tonight. (05/02/06)

      NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS (30/01/2006) more...
        Despite having 5 callouts in December and another 3 in January, (which is one of our highest callout rates for the winter months)none of the shouts have been serious or newsworthy.

      SPOOKY WALK 2 -THE SEQUEL (24/10/2005) more...
        This weekend sees the return of the tremendously successful Spooky Walks starting off from the RNLI boathouse at Kinghorn.

      NO DAY OF REST FOR LIFEBOAT CREW (11/09/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn had yet another busy weekend of calls.

      THE REAL FORTH EMERGENCY SERVICE! (31/08/2005) more...
        Kinghorn's RNLI lifeboat was in action again today, three days after their last launch.

      NESSIE LOSES OUT! (28/08/2005) more...
        Andrea and her team have completed a triple crossing of Loch Ness in horrendous conditions, to enter the record books and without a scratch from Nessie!

      LIVE UPDATE ON ANDREA (28/08/2005) more...
        Attached jpg is a photo taken on a mobile phone of the attempt at 12.25pm (28/08/05)

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