Waves trap Scottish lifeboat inside its boathouse

A Scottish lifeboat was trapped ashore yesterday after huge waves wrecked the doors of its lifeboat house

Kinghorn Lifeboat Station in Scotland has been badly damaged in storms, forcing crewmembers to take its Atlantic 85 lifeboat out of service.

Logs and other floating debris smashed into the doors of Kinghorn Lifeboat Station, on the coast of Fife, bending them so badly that they couldn’t be opened.

The waves combined with an abnormally high tide peaked at around six metres, and conditions were described by one lifeboat team member as “the worst I can ever remember”.

Shoring was put in place to support the damaged doors, but Kinghorn’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was taken out of service until engineers were able to attend and remove the doors altogether.

Anstruther, North Berwick and Queensferry lifeboat stations provided rescue cover while Kinghorn lifeboat was out of action.