A year on the ocean waves

Kinghorn lifeboat rescues 38 people in 146 hours at sea

Kinghorn lifeboat crew rescued 38 people and saved one life at sea last year according to oficial statistics released by the RNLI.

Kinghorn lifeboat

Kinghorn lifeboat

The charity revealed Kinghorn station was called out to incidents on 39 occasions in 2014, seven of them to come to the aid of people under the age of 18.

The volunteer crew also carried out 10 rescues in the dark and spent 146 hours at sea on service.

The crew at Kinghorn also spent another 437 hours on training exercises.

Michael Avril, the RNLI’s community incident reduction manager in Scotland, said: “The very nature of the sea means it is unpredictable and can catch out even the most competent water users.

“But it’s not just people who set out to use the water who end up in it – walkers can get caught out too as conditions can change very quickly or a trip could mean they end up in the water. We would urge people to respect the water, and never underestimate the power and strength of the sea.

He concluded: “Always check tide times before taking to the water. Avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather and, if you’re visiting the coast, be sure to visit a lifeguarded beach during the summer months.”

According to the charity, the RNLI’s 47 lifeboat stations across Scotland were called out to a record number of people last year and saved 51 people - a rise from 29 saved in 2013.

The total number of incidents (known as shouts) was 1,004, a slight rise from 995 recorded in 2013.

The busiest Scottish lifeboat station was Broughty Ferry (Dundee) with 74 shouts, followed by Oban with 68 and Queensferry with 67.

More than 40 per cent of all shouts in Scotland were to pleasure craft.

The number of fishing boats requiring help declined slightly.

RNLI Kinghorn: vital statistics

According to statistics released by the RNLI, Kinghorn’s lifeboat was launched 70 times and rescued 92 people in 2010.

The following year launch figures reduced by nearly half to 41 shouts but rescue figures fell dramatically to 20.

Since then Kinghorn RNLI’s launch statistics have remained fairly static at around the 40 mark, but year-on-year rescue numbers have crept up from 20 rescues in 2012, to 32 in 2013 and, finally, last year to 38.

The video shows a snapshot of footage from a few of the real rescues throughout Scotland in 2014. Credit: RNLI