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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

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      TRIPLE CHANCE FOR NESSIE TO GET FED! (19/08/2005) more...
        Andrea Gellan the 48 year old, mother of three from Dunfermline, who as part of a team, successfully completed a triple non-stop crossing of the English Channel last year, now intends to do the same again, this time in Scotland.


      RUSSIAN SKIPPER COULDN'T SKIP! (13/08/2005) more...
        The volunteers on the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn were again on medivac duties last night, (11/08/05) when the Captain of a Russian ship berthing at Kirkcaldy, fell ill.


      DOCTORS INJURIES TREATED BY LIFEBOAT CREW. (20/07/2005) more...
        Attending its third call this week to assist with a medivac, the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn assisted in treating and evacuating a Doctor who had been injured.

      RNLI KINGHORN LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED ON 800TH RESCUE. (14/07/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was launched on its 800th rescue mission tonight (Thursday 14/07/05) when it went to a medical emergency on a yacht in Aberdour.


      40TH YEAR IN OPERATION LOOKS SET TO BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST (25/06/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn has officially been on service covering both the Fife and Edinburgh coastline for 40 years this week.


      DROWNING WOMAN SAVED BY RNLI LIFEBOAT AT KINGHORN (26/05/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was launched tonight (26/05/05) to save the life of a woman who was reported in a very distressed state, swimming in the sea off Ravenscraig Park, Kirkcaldy.


      ONE MAN AND HIS DOG IN RESCUE DRAMA (16/05/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was called out to rescue one man and his dog, who were trapped on rocks near to Cockenzie Power Station earlier this afternoon. (16/05/05)


      TRAINING IS FOLLOWED BY REAL LIFE INCIDENT (11/04/2005) more...
        The RNLI Lifeboat at Kinghorn put some of their training into practice, less than 24 hours after a training exercise.


      RNLI LIFEBOAT AT KINGHORN SENT OUT TO RESCUE STRICKEN FISHING VESSEL (27/01/2005) more...
        The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn was called into action around 7pm tonight (27/01/05) to a report of a Fishing Vessel having run aground onto rocks, near to Port Seton.

        The 30 foot vessel 'The Beulah' was initially reported to be listing heavily and taking on water, with two people on board. The Beulah ran onto the rocks 3 hours after the highest tide had been reached.

        The volunteer lifeboat crew, Helmsman Mike McErlane with Paul Wibberly, Mhairi Hay and Rob Moore, along with the Shore Crew of Norman Soutar and Evelyn Stoker were rapidly deployed and the lifeboat reached the stricken vessel within 15 minutes of the launch.

        On arriving, the crew saw that the vessel was stuck firmly on the rocks with no immediate danger of sinking or capsizing. Crewman Paul Wibberly swam around the vessel to check for any holes, as the jagged rocks were too sharp to allow the lifeboat to get in closer.

        Although no holes were apparent the skipper reported that they were taking on water. Both crewmen of the vessel were reported safe and well. Given the state of the tides, the Coastguard estimate that the vessel will be unable to be refloated from the rocks until after 1.30am tomorrow morning.

        The volunteer crew will have a long night ahead of them, as they will have to be on scene again around 1am when the vessel is refloated, to ensure the safety of the Fishermen should the vessel start to sink when it leaves the rocks and makes its own way or is towed into harbour.

      NO REST FOR VOLUNTEER CREW! (16/01/2005) more...
        Despite having been called out after the reports of a flare around 10.15pm on Saturday night,(15/01/2005) the RNLI lifeboat crew at Kinghorn, were unable to get a good nights sleep.

        The crew had been searching an area off Silverknowes in Edinburgh, where a spent flare cartridge was eventually found on shore by Coastguard personnel, proving that a hoaxer had caused the crew to be down the boathouse till after midnight clearing up after the call.

        The volunteer crew had only arrived back at home for a short while and just as they were dropping off to sleep, the pagers alerted them to yet another 'shout'. Around 1.20am on Sunday morning, less than an hour after they had managed to return home, the lifeboat crew and shore crew, who all reside in the village, had to get dressed and rush down to the station for their next callout.

        Although early morning and bleary eyed, the crew still managed to achieve their outstanding record of launching within a few minutes of the pagers being activated, this time they were heading east along the coast to the Methil/Leven area, where a woman had been reported as missing and fears were high that she was in the sea in that area.

        The search was conducted by the RNLI lifeboat along with Coastguard search teams and the local Police. The RNLI lifeboat made an extensive search of the dark waters in very cold conditions, but failed to find any trace of the woman. The Police then informed the crew that they had located the woman safe and well in the Leven area and they were able to start heading back home for a warm cuppa.

        The crew which consisted of helmsman Scott McIlravie with crew members Darren Maddison, Neil Chalmers and Phil Smythe recovered the lifeboat back to Kinghorn at 2.55am with the help of the shore crew of Ian McLean and Joanne Wibberly.

        It was nearer to 4am in the morning before all the cleaning, checking and refuelling of the lifeboat, which must take place after every call, had been carried out and the volunteers could make their way home again to their beds, hoping that the pagers would not be activated again that night.

        Although only 15 days into the new year with 350 to go, the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn has already been called out three times. Given that January is one of the quietest months for the crew, the scene is being set to continue this year as has been the norm over the past few years, that of having 50 or more call outs per year for one of the busiest lifeboats in the RNLI.

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