Two lifeboats were called to the assistance of 14 vikings after they got into difficulties in their longboat

The RNLI rescued 14 vikings after difficult weather conditions threatened to drag their traditional longboat out to sea.

The Ardglass Vikings, a charity organisation based in Ireland, were staging a raid on the seaside town of Leven, near Fife, as part of Medieval celebrations.

The crew rowed their 35ft wooden longboat out to sea but when they tried to return strong winds and a heavy swell caused them to drift further away from the shore.

Volunteers from the Anstruther and Kinghorn lifeboat stations reached the vikings in 30 minutes and worked together to tow them into Methil Docks.

“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,” said Anstruther Coxswain Michael Bruce.

“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.”