Emergency services called to swimming event in Forth

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Emergency services were called to a swimming event off the Fife coast after reports some competitors got into difficulties.

The search and rescue operation was carried out at the Firth of Forth Swimming event yesterday.

Difficult weather conditions resulted in a number of reports to the Coastguard that safety boats were struggling to cope with the conditions.

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As a result, the RNLI lifeboat from South Queensferry was launched along with the South Queensferry Coastguard Rescue Team. Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat was brought to immediate readiness to launch as a further precaution.

Scottish Ambulance Service also attended.

Duty commander Mark Rodaway OBE said: ‘An extensive search of the area was conducted until we were able to ascertain from the organisers that everyone had been accounted for.’

The event was cancelled.