Marine News

from John Kinsman of St Monans Coastwatch, Fife


A ferry operator is to stop using plastic cups, individual milk portions and sauce sachets to reduce the waste in produces. Caledonian MacBrayne announced earlier this year it was replacing plastic straws with paper ones on all its sailings. Replacing the other items with reusable cups, jugs of milk and sauce dispensers is a further step in waste reduction. The company’s decision on plastic straws followed it signing up to the #Naestrawataw campaign launched by Glasgow’s Sunnyside Primary School.


Coastwatch St Monans station has had a very busy month. On June 5th the team were paged to a report of eight kayakers lost in thick fog in the Firth of Forth between May Island and Bass Rock. The St Monans team went to cliff tops over looking the Firth of Forth and scanned the area  however due to thick fog were unable to spot the missing kayakers. Shortly after the missing kayakers were located by RNLI lifeboat and escorted to safety.

On June 12th The St Monans team were paged to an incident involving  a windsurfer in difficulties in the Firth of Forth. The wind surfer was located and taken ashore.

On June 13th the St Monans team were paged to a report of a kayaker in trouble, however the kayaker managed to get ashore and team stood down.

On June 18th the team were paged to a report of a group of about 20 teenagers in trouble on rocks about half a mile from St Monans village. The teenagers were found to be suffering from the effects of drink. One teenager rescued and taken to hospital.

On June  22nd the St Monans team were paged to a female walker who had fallen about 30 feet from the coastal paths on to rocks. A full scale rescue was launched with rescue teams and ambulance. The lady was lifted from the rocks on a stretcher to awaiting ambulance and rushed to hospital with leg injuries.

The last call of the month was on June 24th when the team were paged to help look for a missing student. The outcome was good and the student was found safe and well on 25th June.

The Coastwatch St Monans team on the calls were station manager John Kinsman, deputy station Manager Anne Kinsman, and volunteers Sue Johnstone, Kevin McBain and Henry Sun.

Picture shows rescue vehicles on the scene of the call out to 20 teenagers near St Monans.