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Man rescued from Fife beach after suffering serious back injury in fall

An injured man was taken to hospital by helicopter from Burntisland Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A 32-year-old, who had sustained a back injury, was airlifted from the scene after a three hour rescue mission just after midnight.

The man, who has not been named, was reported to have fallen and injured himself.

Police Scotland, a Kinghorn Lifeboat crew and two HM Coastguard teams were involved in the effort.

Rescue mission

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “We were called upon by Police Scotland at 2.30am on Sunday morning who told us that a man had been injured on the beach at Burntisland Bay.

“We sent two coastguard teams from Kinghorn and South Queensferry, Kinghorn RNLI and a helicopter.

Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
The man was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

“Due to the nature of the man’s injuries the helicopter was used to take the man to hospital.

“The rescue took around three hours.”

Back injury

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 0.15am on Sunday, April 3, to a report of a concern for person on the beach front area of Burntisland near Monks Walk.

“Emergency services attended and a 32-year-old man, who had fallen and sustained a back injury, was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment.”

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