A dramatic large-scale rescue operation was launched after a man plunged off a boat into the Firth of Forth.

HM Coastguard were called to reports of a casualty overboard near Burntisland, Fife, at around 10am on Monday.

Police and paramedics raced to the shoreline while a rescue helicopter was called to assist a crew from RNLI Kinghorn.

A multi-agency rescue operation was launched

The man, who was thankfully wearing a lifejacket, was in the water for around 10 minutes before being pulled onto a nearby workboat.

Due to the temperature of the water, first responders continued to treat him as they made their way back to the harbour where he was met by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A spokesperson for the RNLI Kinghorn team said the man is thankfully expected to make a full recovery.

They said: “Following a mayday call, we were tasked at 10am to a man overboard from a vessel off Burntisland.

“The man was pulled on board a nearby workboat as the lifeboat came in alongside, but with the nature of the incident we continued with casualty care on board the vessel whilst he was brought in to Burntisland Harbour.

The alarm was raised off the coast of Burntisland at around 10am on Monday

“A cross agency effort between Scottish Ambulance Service, Kinghorn Coastguard, South Queensferry Coastguard and Rescue Helicopter 199 ensured he was taken safely ashore and to further hospital care.

“He is expected to make a full recovery.”

A spokesman for HM Coastguard added: “Our senior coastal officer attended alongside the Kinghorn team and Kinghorn lifeboat crews at around 10am.

“The man was in the water for around 10-minutes before being rescued, he was conscious and was passed to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.”

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