- Busy weekend for Kinghorn Lifeboat (12/04/2001) more...
- The weekend of the 7th - 9th of April saw Kinghorn lifeboat almost double the number of shouts it has had this year.
The station notched up five shouts during the three day period - marking the start of the busy summer season. One shout on Saturday, to a boy in trouble near Kirkcaldy having been swept off the Esplanade, started the weekend off. Two shouts followed on Sunday - to a 16ft Diesel engined boat with engine trouble and later in the day to a jetski that had broken down with an adult and two children on board.
Monday was no quieter for the local volunteer rescue service. The afternoon saw the station's Atlantic 75 fast rescue craft heading across the Forth to Portobello, near Edinburgh, where it was reported that some youths were stranded by the tide. A similar call to the town of Burntisland followed later in the day.
The crew of Kinghorn Lifeboat station were called upon a total of 45 times in the year 2000, and were the first lifeboat in the UK to launch on service in the new millenium. This year promises to be another busy one for one of Scotland's busiest RNLI lifeboat stations.
Boy swept off promenade in dumping seas (07/04/2001) more...
- A 15 year old boy was swept off the coastline on Saturday as dumping seas battered the coast of Fife.
The boy had been playing on the shoreline with friends as waves hit the sea wall at Kirkcaldy Esplanade following days of high winds. It appears that a wave managed to breach the sea wall and sweep the boy out to sea. Kinghorn lifeboat was called to the scene but bystanders managed to recover the boy ashore when he was swept back in again.
The lifeboat was sent home shortly before arriving on scene, meanwhile the boy seems to have survived his ordeal, following some attention in hospital. The same dumping sea made recovery of the lifeboat a little difficult, but the crew had the boat ashore again within minutes.
Kinghorn Lifeboat Crew Save Abandoned Dogs (04/03/2001) more...
- Kinghorn Lifeboat Crew were called to assist the SSPCA in removing two abandoned German Shepherd dogs from Inchkeith Island in the middle of the Firth of Forth.
The trip out to the island had been organised in advance by SSPCA staff who had been given notice of the dogs' plight by Forth River Pilots. The Pilots had been feeding the animals regularly until their rescue on Sunday.
The combined team of lifeboat crew and SSPCA staff managed to encourage the dogs to board the station's Atlantic 75 lifeboat with relative ease. "It was easy," said Mhairi Hay, Kinghorn Lifeboat crewmember, "The big male simply jumped from the pier onto the lifeboat - he was so pleased to see human beings. The second, younger dog was more nervous and needed some encouraging, but seeing the older dog in the boat certainly helped."
"I had taken out my own 'Dog Pacifyer'," said crewmember Dunk Ormiston, "but I didn't need it. They were so glad to see humans they were no bother at all".
It isn't known exactly how long the dogs have been on the island, but the SSPCA had known about their existance for over three weeks. "The dogs are actually in pretty good condition considering their ordeal." said one SSPCA inspector - "Nothing that some love and attention won't fix."
After some warm drinks in the station - for dogs, and humans - the animals were taken away by the inspectors ready to start a new chapter in their lives.
RAF Attempts to airlift wreckage ashore (03/03/2001) more...
- The RAF attempted to airlift the wreckage of a Shorts 360 aircraft from the Forth on Saturday, with little success.