Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, operations manager Coastwatch St Monans, east Fife

Diver dies

A man died after getting into difficulty in the water while diving near Kinghorn beach, Fife, on Sunday morning April 10th.

Emergency services, including HM coastguard rescue helicopter were sent to the beach at around 10am after reports that a person had taken ill during an organised dive. The man was recovered from the water but died a short time later.

Residents in the area saw a coastguard rescue helicopter land in the middle of the beach as emergency services launched a rescue operation. One local said he also saw a number of police officers and paramedic at the scene. He said “There was one ambulance and paramedic response vehicle outside the Kinghorn lifeboat station. There were also two police fans and another ambulance at the other side of the road.”

A spokesperson for Kinghorn lifeboat station whose crew was one of the first to respond said, “Our volunteer crew responded to a mayday distress call at around 9.10am after a diver suffered a suspected medical event north of Kinghorn.

“The lifeboat had just launched on routine training and was on scene with in three minutes. Our crew provided casualty care whilst the diver was brought ashore to Kinghorn beach. Treatment continued ashore before being handed over to the ambulance service.”

A spokesperson for HM Coastguards said, “We were called to a person who had taken ill on a dive vessel out of Kinghorn beach and was taken ashore. We also dispatched two coastguard rescue teams to the scene along with coastguard rescue helicopter.”

Airlifted from beach

An injured man was taken to hospital by rescue helicopter from Burntisland beach in Fife in the early hours of Sunday morning April 3rd. A 32 year old who had a back injury was airlifted from the scene after a three hour rescue mission. The man, who was not named was reported to have fallen and injured himself.

Police Scotland and Kinghorn lifeboat crew and two coastguard rescue teams were involved. A Coastguard spokesperson said, “We were called upon by police Scotland at 2.30am on Sunday morning who told us a man had been injured on the beach at Burntisisland Bay. We sent two coastguard rescue teams from Kinghorn and South Queensferry, Kinghorn lifeboat and the coastguard rescue helicopter from Prestwick. Due to the nature of the man’s injuries the helicopter was used to take the man to hospital. The rescue took around three hours”

A police spokesman said “We were called in the early hours on Sunday April 3 to a report of a concern for a person on the beach front area of Burntisisland near Monks Walk. “Emergency services attended and a 32 year old man, who had fallen and sustained a back injury was taken to the Victoria infirmary Kirkcaldy.”

Reckless conduct at RNLI

Three male youths have been charged with reckless conduct in connection with an incident at Broughty Ferry lifeboat.
Police received a report of anti-social behaviour on April 2. The incident involved youths entering the secure area on Fisher Street.
Two 15 year olds and one 14 year old have been charged with reckless conduct in connection with the incident when the youths cut the lifeboat securing ropes and other damage. The lifeboat was out of commission for over an hour until repairs were made. The three youths will be reported to the youth justice assessor.

Coastwatch St Monans

Coastwatch St Monans Station as had busy few weeks with good sunny weather bringing out pleasure boats users, kayakers, paddle boarders and walkers on coastal paths. The team have been working in shifts from 10 am to 4pm keeping watch from their lookout station, and doing mobile patrols along the 12 mile stretch of rugged coastline. They cover from Pittenweem to lower largo.

Three team members gave safety cover at St Monans during the annual lowering in to the harbour of yachts and other pleasure craft in readiness for the summer sailing season. The team were also alerted to a person in the water near St Monans, but it turned out it was a swimmer in the outdoor swimming pool and not in any difficulty.

Anne Kinsman on patrol at Elie Harbour

Harbours busy

The east neuk of Fife harbours of St Monans, Pittenweem, Elie, Anstruther and Crail have been very busy with locals and visitors alike pitting their craft into the water for the forthcoming sailing season. All boats were lifted into the water by a huge crane watched by locals at all harbours.

Featured image shows St Monans Coastwatch station on a recent sunny day with flag flying and watch keeper Beth McLean in foreground keeping lookout. Upper glass lookout tower gives great views.