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Kinghorn RNLI Assists Rescue of Two People at Chain Walk

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were diverted from exercise on Easter Sunday after four people became stranded on the Elie Chain Walk.

RNLI Kinghorn provides cover whilst local CRT's rescue casualties

RNLI Kinghorn

RNLI Kinghorn provides cover whilst local CRT's rescue casualties

The lifeboat crew was on a routine exercise when UK Coastguard tasked the crew to go to Earlsferry to assist in the rescue of four people who had been cut off by the incoming tide whilst completing the Chain Walk.

On arrival, it was established that two of the people had made their way to safety. Two casualties remained stranded on the cliff and were rescued by coastguard cliff rescue personnel. Kinghorn lifeboat stood by and provided safety cover for the duration.

Lifeboat helmsman, Mark Brown said, ‘We were first on scene but due to the breaking waves at the base of the cliffs it was clear that the safest means of rescue would be by the cliff rescue team taking the casualties up the cliff.

‘The coastguard rescue team did a great job of getting the two people taken to safety.

‘Once everyone was safely up the cliff we returned to station after three and a half hours at sea.’

The crew on this callout was Mark Brown, Mel McGarva, Richard Malcomson, Dean Davis, and John Ketchin.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • Attached photos show the rescue taking place.

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CRT personnel take casualty up cliff to safety

RNLI Kinghorn

CRT personnel take casualty up cliff to safety

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