Situated on the east coast of Scotland on the banks of the Firth of Forth north of Edinburgh, Kinghorn Lifeboat Station was established in 1965 and has launched over 1,000 times over nearly 50 years (2013 figure). Kinghorn’s inshore lifeboat covers much of the south Fife coastline, and also much of Edinburgh.
This station is classed as an Observe station. We welcome visitors but the station is not manned full-time. Please use contact details below to arrange a visit. Kinghorn is a great location so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point.
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Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers rescued a woman from the water south of Inchkeith Island on Saturday morning.
Last night (10 August 2015) a major search was undertaken by Kinghorn and Anstruther lifeboats and an RAF search and rescue helicopter. They were searching for three missing people and their boat.
The 2015 Kinghorn Lifeboat Open Day on Saturday was a huge success with over £5,500 being raised for the RNLI charity.
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A great fun night, always enjoyed by everyone
30 St James PlaceKinghornBurntislandKY3 9RJ
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Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.
More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.
Lifeboat name: Tommy Niven
Lifeboat class: B class
Funded by: Funded by the generous legacy of Mr Thomas Niven
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1965Inshore lifeboat station established in June with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat. 1982A Marley pre-cast boathouse constructed, replacing the Hardun boathouse. 1985A D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a C class lifeboat on 10 June. 1987An extension to the boathouse was built enabling the launching trolley to be housed with the lifeboat. 1995An Atlantic 21 class lifeboat placed on temporary station duty on 29 June and C class withdrawn from operational duties. New boathouse and launching ramp constructed. The two-storey boathouse includes housing for the lifeboat and tractor coupled in-line, a souvenir sales outlet, workshop, and improved crew facilities. Work was also carried out at the same time on the construction of a new concrete slipway opposite the new boathouse. Atlantic 21 withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 75 B720 on 12 December. 2009The new station Atlantic 85 class lifeboat B836 Tommy Niven was placed on service on 22 October. B720 lifeboat has been withdrawn to the relief fleet. This lifeboat was donated by the generous bequest of Mr Thomas Niven.
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