RNLI Kinghorn respond to a ‘Mayday’ call for a ‘man overboard’

Lifeboats News Release

At 10am on Monday 14 June, Kinghorn RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked to launch by the Coastguard in response to a ‘Mayday’ and ‘man overboard’ alert in the Firth of Forth.

Kinghorn's B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Tommy Niven heads out to sea. The mostly orange lifeboat is pictured from astern heading out to sea. The wash from the boat creates crested waves on the surface of the sea. The sea is calm, and the weather is fair. The sky is overcast. A thin strip of land is visible on the distant horizon. There are three crew on the boat, all looking away from the camera.

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Kinghorn RNLI's B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Tommy Niven (Library Image)

On arrival at the scene, the volunteer crew found that the casualty had been recovered into their boat by others on board. In order to assess the casualty, one of Kinghorn RNLI’s crew transferred to their boat and quickly provided casualty care.

Speaking about the incident, RNLI Kinghorn Volunteer Crewmember, Neil Chalmers said: “Very sensibly, the casualty was wearing a lifejacket which undoubtedly helped the situation significantly. No matter how prepared you are or how experienced you are on the water, accidents can happen. Although the air temperature has been much warmer lately, the water around Scotland remains very cold and a sudden, unexpected fall into water can cause cold water shock. Ensuring you have the right equipment, as this person did, can save your life. Although this was quite a dramatic situation for the casualty, the fact that they were wearing a lifejacket made it a lot less serious than it could have been.”

After providing initial first aid to the casualty and assessing their health, the casualty was handed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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