Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, operations manager at Coastwatch St Monans, east Fife. Featured image shows recent storm at St Monans.

Coastwatch busy

Coastwatch St Monans have had a very busy 2021. The station which celebrates its 10th year in 2022 carried daily lookout duties and foot patrols every day during the pandemic keeping seafarers and others safe.

During the year Coastwatch St Monans were involved in searches for missing persons, helping to rescue kayakers, persons trapped on cliffs or cut off by the tide.

The operations manager John Kinsman appeared on radio Kerry in southern Ireland a few times talking about the work of Coastwatch stations.

During 2021 two new recruits joined the St Monans team, to bring the team up to 11 members. The team are all volunteers and are under the command of operation manager john kinsman and are alerted to incidents by HM Coastguards.

Stranded Dolphin

Rescuers successfully helped a stranded dolphin back into the Firth of Forth after It was found on the beach at Crombie in Fife.

Experts from BDMLR worked to rescue the common dolphin after It was spotted by a local resident.

Medics from the BDMLR which helps stranded marine animals across the UK attended the scene and found the dolphin was in good condition with only a small wound on its beak.

While they were attending to the adult female and giving first aid, the team received reports of a second stranding. Despite the fast response the second dolphin had died. BDMLR said the adult dolphin had been searching for its calf when it became stranded.

A spokesman for the charity said, “The decision was made to re-float the adult female dolphin due its good health, so our medics carefully rolled her on to a trap and carried her back to the water where they rocked her back and forth to readjust her back into her weightless environment. She swam off strongly albeit hugging the coast still searching for her calf”.

Later the dolphin was seen further out into the Firth of Forth. A good outcome.

The rescued dolphin. Credit John Kinsman

Loony dook

A loony dook planned for Kinghorn in Fife on New Year’s day has had to cancelled.
Hundreds of Fifers run into the sea at the town beach on 1st of January to mark the start of the New Year and raise money for charity.
The lifeboat crew hosts the event but the RNLI station announced the cancellation of the event due to the Covid situation as well as tidal conditions.
A Kinghorn lifeboat spokesperson said “We have made the decision not to hold the traditional New Year’s Day loony dook at Kinghorn beach. This is due to a number of factors including the rapidly increasing Covid infections and tidal conditions, leaving very little dry beach to allow social distancing.”

Storm

During the recent storm to hit the Scottish coast, Coastwatch St Monans team were placed on standing to help in any emergency caused by the storm.
In the St Monans area the public suffered serious power failure, one lasting 7 hours and another lasting over 19 hours.
The team were out and about making sure people were safe and checking on the elderly.
Well done to the team who were out in gale force 9 winds and heavy rain. .

Finally

May I wish everyone a guid new year and stay safe – John Kinsman.