VIKINGS RESCUED BY RNLI
Thursday September 9th, 2010
RNLI lifeboat men from Anstruther and Kinghorn must have thought they’d sailed back through time when they were called out to rescue 14 Vikings aboard a longboat of the coast of Leven, near Fife. The latter day Norsemen were staging a raid on the seaside town to help raise funds for the Ardglass Viking charity organisation which is based in Ireland. They got into difficulties when strong winds and a heavy swell caused them to drift away from the shore. It took 30 minutes for the lifeboats to reach the longboat that was then towed to Methil Docks.
Anstruther Coxswain, Michael Bruce said, 'It was a little like we had stepped back in time as we approached this vessel and its crew who were dressed in Viking clothing... Once again the robust, tried-and-tested training that the RNLI provides for its volunteers was to the fore, allowing us to combine our resources and expertise together with the crew from Kinghorn and bring this difficult situation to a swift and positive conclusion.'
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