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Fallen Woman assisted by Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers assisted in the rescue of a woman who fell on rocks on Sunday morning at Aberdour.

Kinghorn crewmembers and ambulance service personnel treat casualty

RNLI Kinghorn

Casualty being treated

The lifeboat crew was training off Inchkeith island at 11.25am when they were requested by UK Coastguard to assist the ambulance service at Aberdour Black Sands beach. A 42-year-old female had fallen sustaining a head injury.

The lifeboat made best speed to Aberdour, arriving 10 minutes later. The casualty was soon located on rocks at Bellhouse Point, where two crewmembers waded ashore to assess the injured lady.

Lifeboat helmsman, Neil Chalmers, said, ‘Whilst training the Coastguard requested our assistance at Aberdour. We were first on scene with two crew members going ashore with casualty care equipment to assess the lady.

‘The casualty had been walking on rocks near Aberdour golf club and had slipped and fallen, sustaining a head injury which was bleeding.

‘Our crew began to assess the lady as the ambulance service paramedics arrived. A stretcher and ambulance service all-terrain vehicle was used to take her off the beach to an ambulance, where she was then taken to hospital for further treatment.

‘Along with Coastguard Rescue teams from Kinghorn and South Queensferry, this was an excellent example of teamwork with the all services working together on the beach for a successful outcome.’

Crewmembers on this service were Neil Chalmers, Megan Davidson, Sam Walters, and Matthew Mulligan.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
  • The RNLI offers free sea safety advice at www.rnli.org.uk
  • Photos attached show the casualty being treated

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For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk or Richard Smith on 07786 668903 or at Richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Crewmembers return to the lifeboat

RNLI/Kinghorn

crew return to boat

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