Fife lifeboat crew rescues duo from rocks who were trying to save dog

Weekend alert for volunteer crew
Scene of the rescue (Pic: Kinghorn RNLI)Scene of the rescue (Pic: Kinghorn RNLI)
Scene of the rescue (Pic: Kinghorn RNLI)

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat’s volunteer crew was called out on Saturday afternoon to rescue two men stranded on rocks at the former Cockenzie Power Station.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service requested assistance around 1.30pm following reports of a dog in the water after it had fallen over the seawall at the power station site. Whilst travelling to the scene it was advised that two people had also entered the water to try and rescue the dog.

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Shortly before arrival, it was established that the dog had been lifted ashore by the fire service, but the two people were still stranded.

They were inaccessible from the land and the RNLI lifeboat was requested to assist.

Trainee helm Megan Davidson said, ‘We arrived to find the two casualties stuck on rocks at the base of the seawall with an incoming tide. The fire service had lowered ropes and lifejackets to the two males but were unable to lift them to safety over the wall which was 3-4m high.

‘We were able to get close to the wall in the shallow water and each casualty was lifted into the lifeboat.

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‘Both were taken to Cockenzie harbour where they were checked by an ambulance crew and reunited with the dog.

‘In these situations we would always recommend not entering the water and calling for help whilst keeping the stranded animal in sight. We appreciate that you don’t wish to see your pet in difficulty but they invariably manage to get out themselves.’

If you see anyone in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. UK Coastguard has a multitide of resources they can call on, including RNLI lifeboats.

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