Three quick-thinking Kirkcaldy boys have been praised by the plucky pensioner they helped rescue.
Rose MacDonald who slipped on an icy path on the Braes above Kinghorn lifeboat station almost two weeks ago finally got to meet the trio who came to her aid when she plunged down the grassy slope, breaking her ankle in two places.
Matthew Mill (15), and brothers Matthew (12) and James Scott (14), all of Aitken Street in Kirkcaldy were out walking their dogs along the coastal path to Aberdour when they heard Mrs MacDonald’s calls for help.
They immediately ran down the path to her rescue and helped raise the alarm, then stayed with her until volunteers from the lifeboat station and paramedics arrived.
And they helped grit the icy path so the ambulancemen could safely take Mrs MacDonald to the waiting ambulance then on to hospital, where she spent several days after having an operation to insert metal plates and pins in her ankle.
The Fife Free Press helped to track down the boys and on Tuesday they were reunited with Mrs MacDonald at her home in Strathmore Street, Kinghorn.
The boys, all pupils of Viewforth High School took flowers and a Christmas goody bag to Mrs MacDonald who gave them a card with a token of her thanks inside.
“I just can’t praise these boys enough,” said the grateful retired nurse, who is now recuperating well at home, watched over by her family.
“Lots of youngsters get a bad reputation these days, but these three were absolutely fantastic and did everything right to ensure I was taken care of as quickly as possible.
“I remember going with my two dogs Daisy and Charlie on our usual route down the brae and I stepped to the side to avoid some crumbling tarmac. It must have been icy because the next thing I knew I heard my ankle crack and I was rolling down the brae.
“I literally just shouted for help then turned round to my side and the three boys were leaning over me asking if I was okay.
“They tried to phone my neice, but there was no reply and they went and got help from Liz Davidson, one of the lifeboat volunteers who was heading down to the station at the time. They were a great help and I didn’t have to tell them what to do – they just did it off their own accord.
“In these days a lot of youngsters would not have stopped and I am very grateful to them for everything they did. Knowing they were there was a great comfort and I knew help was on its way.
“They are a great credit to themselves, their parents and their school.”
The boys said they just acted on instinct when they heard Mrs MacDonald’s cries for help.
“We knew she was in trouble and we just ran straight down to her,” said Matthew Mill.
“We tried to call her family on her mobile and when there was no reply we saw the lady coming down the path and went to get help from her. She called the lifeboat volunteers and when they called the ambulance we went to find grit to put on the path so they wouldn’t slip when they came to take Mrs MacDonald on a stretcher,” added James.
Afterwards the young heroes were treated to hot tea and bacon rolls at the lifeboat station and were thrilled to watch the lifeboat being launched to a call for help while they were there.
“We are glad Mrs MacDonald is getting better and we are glad we got the chance to meet her,” added Matthew Scott.
“We just did what we thought was right at the time and tried to keep calm.”