Kinghorn Loony Dook breaks records
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station kicked off 2019 in style with over 140 people jumping into the cold Firth of Forth to celebrate the new year.
The weather was fantastic with huge crowds lining the promenade and cheering on the swimmers. Many dookers came in fancy dress, with mermaids, elves, a giant banana and many more.
Over £1,100 was donated to the RNLI on the day, and further sponsorship is expected to boost the final total.
Kinghorn Lifeboat fundraising Chair, Sheona Smith said, ‘We had fantastic support from our local community with a record-breaking number of swimmers taking part this year.
‘We welcomed many people to the beach and through their generosity over £1,100 was raised to help continue saving lives at sea.
‘Kinghorn was one of the busiest lifeboat stations in Scotland in 2018 with the pagers sounding 71 times. This service, and all the training involved, costs a lot of money so fundraising events are essential to maintain the service. The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat stationed at Kinghorn costs £214,000, with annual running costs of an inshore lifeboat station, like Kinghorn, around £85,000 per year.
‘Our lifeboat was launched for the event and the volunteer crew undertook a demonstration in the bay. We had a number of crew members in the water providing safety cover. They confirmed that the water was very cold, even in their dry-suits and thermal clothing!'
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
- A video of an Atlantic 85 lifeboat can be viewed at http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press_centre/videos/video_detail?articleid=321844&category=®ion=&listing
- The attached photographs show a number of images from the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day at Kinghorn.
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