Video: Emergency services evacuate sick sailor from tanker near Kirkcaldy
The lifeboat was called at 4.22pm after the coastguard received a call for assistance reporting that the man was suffering from a deteriorating medical condition on the product tanker, Christian Essberger.
It launched at 4.30pm and was alongside the 100m long tanker six minutes later where the casualty made his way onto the lifeboat.
Helm Scott McIlravie said: “We were quickly alongside the tanker and fortunately the casualty was able to climb down the ladder unaided. We prepared him for the short journey back to Kinghorn and returned to the lifeboat station.
“Our casualty care trained crew assessed and looked after the casualty until an ambulance arrived. He was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy for further treatment.”
He added: “This was a successful job for our RNLI volunteers.”