Kinghorn lifeboat used for target practice by golfers

Kinghorn lifeboat
Kinghorn lifeboat

Shocked members of Kinghorn’s lifeboat crew have told how golfers used their vessel as a target, firing golf balls into the sea.

And they said that one of the balls landed just 10 feet away from the boat, which those responsible could not fail to have spotted.

Another member of the public who was walking on the beach below said they had narrowly avoided being hit by a “bombardment” of 40 to 50 balls being fired from the brae in front of the Carousel pub.

Paul Wibberley, operations manager of Kinghorn RNLI lifeboat, said he had not been on the boat when the incident happened, but members of the crew had reported it to him afterwards.

“The crew was returning from a call out when they became aware of golf balls being fired in their direction. They saw a group of men in front of the Carousel firing golf balls into the sea. As the boat came past they didn’t stop and it was like they were being used as a target.

“There is no way they could have failed to notice them. One ball came within 10 feet of the boat.

“Even though they were all wearing helmets, it was dangerous and irresponsible. The crew or boat could have been hit. I let it go as it was just a one-off incident and nobody was hurt.”

The person walking on the beach said they had reported the matter to the police.

“I was having an evening stroll along Kinghorn beach and the braes when I became aware of golf balls being hit and some just missing me and other people out for a walk,” said the person, who wanted to be anonymous.

“The bombardment of balls just missing people was constant and someone could have been seriously hurt or injured.”

The witness also said the lifeboat returning to its station had been “attacked by the balls” with one narrowly missing a crew member.

The walker said those concerned were “acting totally irresponsibly with no concern for my safety or any other member of the public and just hitting the balls from the top of the braes.”

The person went on to identify several of those responsible and said they believed they were members of Kinghorn Golf Club.

“It is a sad situation when people can’t go about their business for fear of being hit by 40 to 50 golf balls,” they said, adding that they had also written to the police and hoped they would take action.

Footage of the incident has since been put up on the YouTube website.

Joan Tulloch, secretary of Kinghorn Golf Club, said the club had not had any reports or heard anything about the incident, but added that if any of its members were found to have been involved then action would be taken.

Alistair McGregor, chief executive of Fife Golf Trust, the operator of the course and club, added: “This is the first we have heard of this. At Kinghorn there are a lot of people who play who are not members.

“We will look into this matter and decide if anything needs to be done.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We have received an anonymous letter of complaint and we are investigating it.”