Two Kayakers Rescued by Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Saturday afternoon, following a call for help from two kayakers on Inchkeith Island.

Kinghorn RNLI volunteers approach to casualties at Inchkeith after they got into difficulty on their inflatable kayak

RNLI Kinghorn

Kinghorn RNLI approaches casualties

The volunteer crew was paged at 3.20pm after the two males got into difficulty near Inchkeith. They used a mobile phone to contact the Coastguard and advise that they had capsized and were now on the island requiring assistance.

The lifeboat arrived around 3.37pm and found the two casualties out of the water at the bottom of a cliff on the west side of the island. They were brought onto the lifeboat and checked over before being taken to Kinghorn where an ambulance crew was waiting to assess them.

Helm, Mike Chalmers said, ‘The two men had set off from Pettycur in an inflatable kayak. They had managed to get to the island but then got into difficulty. Fortunately, they managed to get ashore and call for help.

‘We quickly located the two casualties and returned them to Kinghorn. We then relaunched and returned to Inchkeith to recover the kayak and equipment to prevent it floating away and potentially result in a further callout for us.

The RNLI has sea safety advice on its website, and Mike continues, ‘If you are planning to take part in watersports this summer, we would always recommend that you are properly equipped with the relevant skills and experience for the conditions.’

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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For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


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