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Dramatic rescue video from Edinburgh’s Firth of Forth shows RNLI rescuing paddle boarders drifting out to sea

The Anstruther Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) rescued two paddlers who found themselves in a difficult situation on Saturday June 25.

The couple had found themselves drifting out to sea at the edge of the Firth of Forth due to high winds which made it difficult to get back to shore.

They were rescued three quarters of a mile north of Kingsbarns Beach by the Class D Inshore Lifeboat which heard their calls for help.

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The pair were found clinging to their boards but were helped aboard the lifeboat by volunteer crew members.

Thomas Bett, who was a crew member aboard the lifeboat, thanked the “quick actions” of the caller who raised the alarm.

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The dramatic rescue carried out by volunteer heroes can be seen in a video shared on the RNLI Facebook page.

Thomas said: “Clear information made it very easy for us to locate the two paddlers.

RNLI saved the pairs afternoon.
RNLI saved the pairs afternoon.

“With the wind blowing the two away from shore, it was absolutely the right thing to call for help.

“We urge anyone who spots someone in trouble on the coast to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

“If you go paddleboarding, we strongly advise you to wear a flotation device and beware of onshore winds.

“As a charity, we rely on our supporters to make rescues like this possible. If you can, please donate all you can to the link below.

One of the rescued women can be heard saying, “We’ve been here for hours – thank you so much!”

To donate to the Anstruther RNLI, click the link here.