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Byline: Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers rescued a woman from the water south of Inchkeith Island on Saturday morning.
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A small sailing dinghy had
been sailing south of Inchkeith when it got into difficulty with three people
on board, including a nine year old girl.

 

An adult female crewmember,
from West Lothian, had fallen overboard and was found clinging to the stern of
the casualty boat when the Kinghorn Lifeboat arrived on scene around seven
minutes after launch. The lifeboat launched just before 10.30am.

 

Helmsman Scott McIlravie
continued, ‘Communications between us and the casualty were difficult, although
they thankfully had a VHF radio on board so we were able to use our direction
finding equipment to quickly locate the boat which was around half a mile south
of the island.

 

‘We quickly assessed the
situation on arrival and found a female in the water clinging to the back of
the dinghy. One of our team jumped into the water to get hold of her, and she
was then brought to safety on the lifeboat.

 

‘The second crewmember on
the boat was a young girl and she was also taken onto the lifeboat to be taken
back to Kinghorn where an ambulance was waiting to assess both casualties.

 

‘Both casualties were cold
and distressed, with the woman who had been in the water suffering from the
early stages of hypothermia.

 

‘The sailing dinghy then
made its way back towards Portobello, escorted back, for safety, by a Police
Scotland boat which was working in the area.

 

‘It was fortunate that this
vessel had a VHF radio on board today. There was very little chance that the
woman would have got back onboard the dinghy today without third party
assistance. Since the vessel was able to call for assistance immediately, and
we were then able to find the boat quickly, this lady fortunately had a very
lucky escape.

 

‘We would always recommend
that prior to making a trip to sea that you check the weather forecast, make
sure you have the correct level of experience on board for the prevailing
conditions, and that you have the correct type of properly fitting protective
clothing.’

 

The RNLI has recently
launched a campaign call ‘Respect The Water’. This is an initiative to reduce
the number of drownings and fatalities around the UK coast. Between 2010 and 2013 the
most common cause of fatality for yacht sailors was man overboard. Further
information and guidance is available on the RNLI website and social media.

 

The crew on this shout were Scott McIlravie, Neil Chalmers, Kenny Davidson, Robert Rutherford, and
Steve Robinson.

 

Notes to
editors

RNLI media
contacts

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 Henry
Weaver on 07771 943026 or at Henry_Weaver@rnli.org.uk
or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

 

Byline: Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers rescued a woman from the water south of Inchkeith Island on Saturday morning.
Page Content:

A small sailing dinghy had been sailing south of Inchkeith when it got into difficulty with three people on board, including a nine year old girl.

 

An adult female crewmember, from West Lothian, had fallen overboard and was found clinging to the stern of the casualty boat when the Kinghorn Lifeboat arrived on scene around seven minutes after launch. The lifeboat launched just before 10.30am.

 

Helmsman Scott McIlravie continued, ‘Communications between us and the casualty were difficult, although they thankfully had a VHF radio on board so we were able to use our direction finding equipment to quickly locate the boat which was around half a mile south of the island.

 

‘We quickly assessed the situation on arrival and found a female in the water clinging to the back of the dinghy. One of our team jumped into the water to get hold of her, and she was then brought to safety on the lifeboat.

 

‘The second crewmember on the boat was a young girl and she was also taken onto the lifeboat to be taken back to Kinghorn where an ambulance was waiting to assess both casualties.

 

‘Both casualties were cold and distressed, with the woman who had been in the water suffering from the early stages of hypothermia.

 

‘The sailing dinghy then made its way back towards Portobello, escorted back, for safety, by a Police Scotland boat which was working in the area.

 

‘It was fortunate that this vessel had a VHF radio on board today. There was very little chance that the woman would have got back onboard the dinghy today without third party assistance. Since the vessel was able to call for assistance immediately, and we were then able to find the boat quickly, this lady fortunately had a very lucky escape.

 

‘We would always recommend that prior to making a trip to sea that you check the weather forecast, make sure you have the correct level of experience on board for the prevailing conditions, and that you have the correct type of properly fitting protective clothing.’

 

The RNLI has recently launched a campaign call ‘Respect The Water’. This is an initiative to reduce the number of drownings and fatalities around the UK coast. Between 2010 and 2013 the most common cause of fatality for yacht sailors was man overboard. Further information and guidance is available on the RNLI website and social media.

 

The crew on this shout were Scott McIlravie, Neil Chalmers, Kenny Davidson, Robert Rutherford, and Steve Robinson.

 

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

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 Henry Weaver on 07771 943026 or at Henry_Weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.