The fine work done by Montrose Coastguards after a local boy had a nasty accident with his BMX bike was rewarded when the lad, Kian Honeyman (13), presented them with a cheque for £300.
The incident happened at Montrose Skatepark last year, when he came off his bike while attempting a trick, and landed on the pavement head first.
By a fortunate coincidence, the Coastguards were doing a training exercise nearby and were alerted when two of Kian’s friends cycled across, yelling for help.
At the time, Angus and Mearns Coastguard leader Ross Greenhill said that the injuries appeared to be quite serious.
Immediate first aid was administered and an ambulance was summoned. Kian was then taken to Ninewells Hospital for further treatment.
He is now biking to school again, although he has not yet been back to the skate park. When that happens he will have a nice new helmet to wear.
His mother, Fiona, told the Review: “If it hadn’t been for the Coastguards’ quick response, it could have been much worse. We really are very grateful to them.”
Kian raised the money by selling Christmas cards, and from donations from family and friends.
The Montrose Coastguard team are hoping to use the money towards restarting the Water Safety Training Day for all P7 pupils in Montrose. This has not run since the old swimming pool closed three years ago.
Picture by Andy Thompson