Cold Search for Fridge by Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Tuesday afternoon, exactly 24 hours after their previous shout.

The fridge located off Craigielaw Point by Kinghorn RNLI 29/12/20

RNLI/Scott McIlravie

The fridge located off Craigielaw Point by Kinghorn RNLI

The lifeboat was again tasked at 4.22pm after an object was spotted floating north east of Port Seton by a member of the public.

The lifeboat crew undertook a search in freezing conditions for the object which was thought to be a possible vessel in distress 1-2 miles off the coast, with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Fisherrow and North Berwick searching from the shoreline.

Crewmember Mel McGarva said, ‘We launched around 4.30pm and were on-scene 20 minutes later to begin a search of the area. Around 5.40pm we found a discarded fridge freezer floating to the west of Craigielaw Point.

‘The four crew were very cold by the time we were stood down and returned to Kinghorn at 6.50pm due to the winter weather conditions.

‘The member of the public did the right thing by reporting this object as it is very difficult to identify objects from a distance.

‘We would ask people to discard of their waste responsibly as this callout could have easily been avoided. There are obviously other environmental risks from irresponsible disposal of fridges too.'

If you see anyone or anything in difficulty at the coast, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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

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