Kinghorn lifeboat is sthe second busiest in Scotland.

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Kinghorn lifeboat station was the second busiest in Scotland last year.

The lifeboat launched on 70 occasions, rescuing 92 people, with 25 of the callouts in the dark.

In Scotland there were 1012 launches, slightly down on last year, which was the RNLI’s busiest year north of the border. The number of people rescued rose from 912 to 921.

The volunteer crew at Kinghorn spent nearly 77 hours at sea, however members spend much more time training and preparing for the next callout.

One of the more unusual shouts was when the lifeboat along with another in Anstruther was called out in September to rescue 14 people dressed as Vikings on board a replica Viking longboat in the Forth.

Kinghorn lifeboat and RNLI Queensferry crews teamed up in June for a police operation where they brought ashore more than 60 people who had attended an all-night music festival on Cramond Island.

Paul Wibberley, Kinghorn lifeboat’s operations manager, said: “This has been another exceptional year for the volunteer crew at Kinghorn.

‘‘We have had a diverse range of shouts ranging from evacuating sick crew members from merchant ships, to rescuing disabled pleasure boats and searching for missing people.”

In Scotland, sailing boats accounted for the most number of casualties, with lifeboats being called out on 178 occasions, and 157 fishing vessels required assistance. There were 69 occasions when stranded or grounded boats needed assistance.

Wave Crookes, RNLI Divisional Inspector for Scotland, looks back on a hectic year:

‘We had a period of extreme wintry weather in Scotland and yet none of our lifeboat stations had a day off service because of the weather.

‘‘That is thanks to the good will and determination of our crews around the coast who made sure that they and the lifeboats were able to go out whatever the weather.’

Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director, said: “Every one of the rescues carried out by the RNLI in 2010 was only made possible due to the incredible generosity of the public, even in these difficult times. I would like to thank everyone who supported us.”

Kinghorn Lifeboat’s fundraising committee is holding ‘Songs on Saturday’ this weekend in the church hall with the Tullis Russell Brass Band.

To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn.