Lifeboat call-outs soar

The number of call-outs for Kinghorn Lifeboat Station has more than doubled.

The rescue service has attended 23 emergencies in 2019 so far - compared to just eight for the same period in 2018.

The volunteers can respond to calls in an average of eight minutes, day or night.

But they're encouraging Fifers to take care on the Kingdom's beaches this summer, to avoid having to be rescued at all.

In particular, sun-seekers are being urged not to take inflatables to the coast.

Volunteer Sheona Smith said:  "If you must take an inflatable then you must attach it to something on the beach.  Preferably, inflatables are for a swimming pool, because they're so lightweight, and children are so lightweight, one gust of wind and they can be way out before you know where you are."

The service says it's obliged to rescue inflatables which have drifted out to sea, even if there's nobody on them.

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