The 2013 RNLI statistics have just been released and these show that the Queensferry lifeboat station was the busiest inshore lifeboat in Scotland during 2013.
The results make for interesting reading - from 49 launches, 16 of which were during the hours of darkness, 128 persons were rescued. Of that 128, 14 people were under the age of 18. Seven people were provided with first aid treatment for minor injuries.
The original Lifeboat Station opened in 1967 at the Hawes Pier and was of a wooden construction, which was previously the ticket office for the ferries which ran between South and North Queensferry prior to the opening of The Forth Road Bridge.
In 1989 it was replaced by a specially built Station which has been home to four Lifeboats the last of which was “The Donald and Ethel Macrae”. The new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the “Jimmie Cairncross” was named by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.