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Busy Bank Holiday Weekend For Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers had a busy weekend with three separate calls.

Early morning at Kinghorn following callout

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Kinghorn LBS

The lifeboat crew was paged just after 08.30am on Saturday morning to assist a disabled vessel north east of Inchkeith, followed by a request to assess the safety of shellfish collectors on Pettycur Sands. At 12.20am on Sunday morning the team was called out to assist in a search off Leven.

Following reports of a person shouting at Leven beach just after midnight on Sunday, UK Coastguard launched a search following concern that someone may have been in the water.

Kinghorn Lifeboat launched around 12.35am, and arrived at Leven beach 20 minutes later. An extensive search of the area was undertaken, along with Coastguard rescue teams from Leven and Kinghorn.

Crewmember Mel McGarva said, ‘Following concern that someone may have been in the water at Leven, we were tasked to undertake a search off Leven golf course.

‘Search conditions were good, coupled with the use of four flares to illuminate the area. Following an hour of searching we were stood down, returning to station just after 02.30am.

Crewmembers on this search at Leven were Mark Brown, Paul Stather, Mel McGarva, Suzanne Baillie and Steve Robinson.

Notes to editors

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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 or Richard Smith on 07786 668903 or at Richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Kinghorn Lifeboat on exercise

Kirsty Maclachlan

Kinghorn Lifeboat

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