Three rescues over the weekend make it a busy time for Anstruther RNLI
The crew at Anstruther RNLI have responded to three calls in two days in a busy period for the charity’s volunteers.
On Friday morning (23 April), both lifeboats were tasked to the Elie when a female called the UK Coastguard after a fall on the notorious Chain Walk. The inshore lifeboat assessed her condition and decided it best to transfer her to Elie Harbour and waiting paramedics.
At 12.42pm yesterday (24 April), the UK Coastguard were alerted to a vessel in difficulty near to the May Island. The Anstruther’s inshore lifeboat launched and assisted the vessel back to the safety of Anstruther harbour.
While washing down the boat and kit, both lifeboats were immediately tasked to a female walker with a suspected broken leg near to Fife Ness.
Arriving first, the crew aboard the inshore lifeboat administered casualty care before passing the lady into the safe hands of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
As restrictions ease and the good weather continues, RNLI Media Officer for Scotland, Martin Macnamara, urges coastal visitors to take care and plan ahead. Martin said: ‘Accidents at the coast will happen. It is important that you have a means to call for help should it happen to you. If you get into 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.