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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

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      Busy Easter Weekend for Kinghorn Lifeboat (22/04/2003) more...
        The volunteer crews of Kinghorn Lifeboat Station, like many other lifeboat stations around the UK coastline, were kept busy over the Easter weekend.

        Following an already hectic week, in which the lifeboat launched on 5 shouts, the crews were called upon three times in the space of two days. One of the most notable shouts was to save a Collie dog that was being swept out to sea off Kirkcaldy.

        The dog, called Sam, was found by the lifeboat just under 1/4 mile off the sea wall, exhausted and struggling against a strong wind and the backwash off the wall. "He was cold and wet, but very pleased to see his rescuers." said crewmember Liz Davidson. He was promptly reunited with his elderly owner.

        Kinghorn Lifeboat is on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year and answered 50 distress calls last year alone. It is a part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution - a 179 year old charity. The station at Kinghorn has been active since 1965.

        Queries? Email lifeboat@kinghorn.org.uk

      Aircraft lands safely at Edinburgh Airport after in flight drama (03/03/2003) more...
        Lifeboats stood down as plane makes safe landing at Edinburgh Airport.

        Kinghorn and Queensferry lifeboats were put on standby and asked to prepare to launch on Sunday the 2nd of March 2003 after an aircraft flying from Aberdeen airport called in a MAYDAY and prepared to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport.

        Luckily the plane, with 38 passengers and crew, managed to land safely at the airport and the lifeboats were stood down.

      ExxonMobil Presents Gift to Kinghorn Station (04/02/2003) more...
        Andrew Herbert, Plant Support Manager at ExxonMobil presented the station with the gift of a telescope on Sunday 26th January 2003.


      Lifeboats Search for Missing Fisherman (08/01/2003) more...
        Kinghorn lifeboat made the grim discovery that a local fishing vessel had sunk whilst trying to assist the crewman, who had reported snagging his nets on an underwater object.


      Irish Lifeboat Crew Visits Kinghorn (07/10/2002) more...
        A delegation of crewmembers from the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Station in Cork, on the sunny southern shores of Ireland, visited Kinghorn on the 6th of October.


      Local Primary School Makes Lifesaving Donation! (26/05/2002) more...
        During a visit to the lifeboat station in May, local primary school pupils from Dalgety Bay presented the crew with a cheque.



        The children were so impressed with the station, crew, and the work of the RNLI that they had a whip round and gathered enough money for their teacher to write a cheque.



        Kinghorn lifeboat station is open for visits on request. Crews are willing to take tour groups of all ages. Contact the station at the email address below for details.

      Kinghorn Lifeboat Launches to Injured Mariner (22/02/2002) more...
        Kinghorn Lifeboat was launched on Friday 22nd February to an injured crewmember on board the tanker HAVRIM at anchor off Kirkcaldy Bay in Fife.

        The crewman had severed the end of one finger in an accident on board ship. He was to be brought ashore to an ambulance which would be waiting at Kinghorn. The weather conditions at the time meant that the 7.5m RIB had to battle against seas and strong winds - with squalls of snow and hail - to take the injured man ashore.

        Helmsman Mike McErlane said "The nature of the incident was bad enough, but the conditions on scene made the rescue effort more difficult. A larger boat would have struggled to stay alongside the ship as long as we needed to. The ride ashore for the crewman must have felt rather dicey though!"

        All indications are that the crewman will be back on ship int he next day or two, but the end of his finger could not be saved.

      Another Record Year for Kinghorn Lifeboat (02/01/2002) more...
        Kinghorn Lifeboat has had another busy year saving many lives in the Forth, and helping countless other people.

        The lifeboat station responded to the call for help no less than 47 times in 2001, making it one of the busiest stations in Scotland. The year 2000 was previously our busiest year, with a total of 46 shouts over 12 months.

        This increasing trend is consistent with the RNLI's 220 other stations around the coast of Britain and Ireland, despite the efforts of the Insitution and the Coastguard Agency's Sea Safety schemes. More information on these schemes is available at the RNLI's website, www.rnli.org.uk

      Successful Weekend for Fife Lifeboats (24/07/2001) more...
        Anstruther and Kinghorn lifeboat stations had a successful weekend of fund raising on the 21st and 22nd of July.

        The Kinghorn lifeboat had attended the Anstruther Lifeboat Gala on Saturday to help with safety cover and assist the Anstruther crew with a rescue demonstration. The harbour was packed with supporters and members of the public alike, who all had a good day. Over £7,500 was raised for the RNLI.

        Kinghorn's own open day was also a success, raising over £570 for the RNLI and promoting the message of Sea Safety in the process. Our local coastguard volunteers and the crew of the Anstruther Lifeboat also came along to lend a hand on a day that saw the sun shine on Kinghorn beach.

        The crew of the Kinghorn Lifeboat would like to extend the warmest thanks to all the friends and families, guild members, supporters, crews and other organisations who helped raise the profile of the RNLI and Kinghorn Station Branch on Sunday.

      Two shouts during one exercise for Kinghorn Lifeboat (25/06/2001) more...
        Kinghorn Lifeboat was asked to assist in two different incidents in the Fisherrow area whilst on exercise on Saturday.

        The lifeboat had tied alongside the harbour wall in Fisherrow during a routine training exercise when the crew were asked by a local to help a jetski that had broken down near the harbour mouth. The jetski, and its three occupants (adult male and two children) were towed round the outside of the harbour to their trailer on shore.

        Just as the lifeboat had tied alongside the harbour for the second time, HMCG asked for the immediate response of the lifeboat to a report of a child being swept out to sea by the tide off Joppa, just West of Fisherrow Harbour.

        In this instance the lifeboat arrived to find an adult male, happily swimming in the sea in a wetsuit. The crew confirmed that the person being spoken to was the supposed child in distress then returned to Fisherrow to continue the exercise.

        With little time left for training, the crew of the Kinghorn Lifeboat returned to Kinghorn after some liquid refreshments courtesy of the Fisherrow Sailing Club.

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