Anstruther RNLI scramble to evacuate male with fractured ankle
Both Anstruther lifeboats launched yesterday (1 June) to the aid of a male who had fallen from cliffs near to Elie and badly fractured his ankle.
Launching at 5.45pm, the inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first and assessed the condition of the male. Following closely behind was Anstruther’s all-weather lifeboat, ‘RNLB Kingdom of Fife’, carrying a stretcher and this was called for to evacuate the casualty by boat to neighbouring Elie.
Once ashore, the male was handed into the care of waiting Coastguard and paramedic teams.
One of the volunteer crew members on board the inshore lifeboat yesterday was Stuart Hoggan and Stuart took the opportunity to remind those near to our coasts to take extra care. Stuart said: This was a nasty injury and we wish the male a speedy recovery. Our coastlines are as enjoyable as they are dangerous. Take extra care and if you find yourself or anyone else in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.