Man rescued from rocks at Buckhaven

A crew from RNLI Kinghorn Lifeboat Station
A crew from RNLI Kinghorn Lifeboat Station

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were called out in the early hours of Friday morning to help rescue a man who was stranded on rocks at Buckhaven.

The coastguard was alerted to the man, who is understood to be in his 50s and from the Buckhaven area, at 1.49 a.m.

He had been fishing from a rock at Buckhaven Beach near Shore Street.

The tide had come in around the rock and when the lifeboat crew arrived on the scene at 2.17 a.m. the water was beginning to cover the rock.

Neil Chalmers, lifeboat helm, said: “The man was stranded on a rock approximately 40m from shore by the incoming tide.

“We located him very quickly as he had a torch with him which highlighted his location as we approached.

“The water covering the large flat rock made it difficult to get right to the man so he had to wade around 3m to the lifeboat where we brought him to safety.

“The man was uninjured, however, he had a lucky escape as the tide would have covered the rock by some 2m when it was in. The casualty was landed at Buckhaven harbour where Leven Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting.”

He added: “We would always recommend that people check tide times and be aware of hazards such as tides when visiting the beach.”

Also on board the lifeboat were volunteers Joanne Wibberley and Suzanne Baillie. The lifeboat was launched by Steve Robinson. The lifeboat returned to the station at around 3.00 a.m.

Free sea safety advice is available on the RNLI’s website.