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Two Rescued from Forth

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Friday evening following a request for assistance from a person on a small sailing dinghy.

The volunteer crew was called at 5.20pm after the coastguard received a call for assistance from the one person on board who reported that there was a problem with the mast.

Around eight minutes after launch, the lifeboat located the vessel. A Forth Ports pilot boat also assisted by marking the position of the vessel until the arrival of the lifeboat. The casualty was located approximately 2.5 miles south of Pettycur.

Helm, Mike Chalmers continued, ‘We quickly located the two casualties with the help of the pilot boat. The two were much further offshore than they thought and were found to the south of the main shipping channel with a strong northerly wind blowing them southwards.

‘We got the person out of the dinghy and decided we’d tow it back to Pettycur where they had set off from earlier. On arrival, a kayaker was also found to be present and had been accompanying the person in the dinghy. The kayaker then capsized and required to be rescued.

‘Once both casualties were safely onboard the lifeboat, the dinghy then capsized as it did not have a keel. Once the crew righted and emptied it we took it under tow. The two watercraft and casualties were taken back to Pettycur where Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team assisted with getting the two males safely ashore. Both casualties were cold but uninjured.

‘We would recommend that you are properly prepared when going out on small vessels. You should have appropriate clothing and vessels should be in good conditions and suitable for the conditions. Please check the weather forecast and consider how it could affect your activity. Further advice is available on the RNLI website at

If you see anyone in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. UK Coastguard has a multitude of resources they can call on, including RNLI lifeboats.

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

The lifeboat tows the dinghy into Pettycur

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Casualty returned to Pettycur
Kinghorn crew and CRT help casualties ashore

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Casualties returned to shore

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