25/1/2020 14:01 to 16:00
ALB & ILB
Shortly after concluding a morning exercise, the volunteer crew at Anstruther RNLI were paged by the UK Coastguard to locate and evacuate a male stranded on the chain walk in Elie.
The stations all-weather lifeboat Kingdom of Fife and the inshore lifeboat Akira launched to a male who was stranded on the chain walk with an incoming tide. Both boats arrived on scene shortly after 2.30pm.
The casualty was transferred to the all-weather Lifeboat and assessed by crew. With no injuries reported, he was taken back to Elie harbour and handed over to the mobile coastguard team.
Talking about the rescue, Anstruther lifeboat coxswain Michael Bruce commended the actions of the casualty when he found himself in difficulty.
Michael said: ‘The chain walk is a popular local walk and this gentleman did exactly the right thing when in difficulty. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all coastal walkers to call for help if in difficulty rather than enter the water or scale the cliffs. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
Both lifeboats return to station and made ready for service shortly after 4 pm.