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Sick Sailor Evacuated by Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Monday evening to evacuate a sick crewmember from a product tanker anchored off Kirkcaldy.

The lifeboat was called at 4.22pm after the coastguard received a call for assistance reporting that a crewmember was suffering from a deteriorating medical condition on the product tanker Christian Essberger.

The lifeboat launched at 4.30pm and was alongside the 100m long tanker six minutes later where the casualty was able to make his way down the ladder onto the lifeboat.

Helm, Scott McIlravie said, ‘we were quickly alongside the tanker and fortunately the casualty was able to climb down the ladder unaided. We prepared him for the short journey back to Kinghorn and returned to the lifeboat station.

‘Our casualty care trained crew assessed and looked after the casualty until an ambulance arrived. He was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy for further treatment.

‘This was a successful job for our RNLI volunteers and we were able to get the casualty ashore for urgent treatment as quickly as possible.’


Notes to editors


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For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]


RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Kinghorn Lifeboat launching 28/12/20 for medivac

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Kinghorn Lifeboat launching 28/12/20

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