Our greatest supporters

As a way of saying thank you to some of the crew's greatest supporters, we invited them down to the station for the afternoon.  These supporters are those that put up with us going out of an evening for a couple of hours training instead of helping put the kids to bed. They put up with mum or dad disappearing at a moment's notice when their pagers sound, without knowing if they'll be back in an hour or back much, much later. We get all the credit but without them supporting us, we couldn't do what we do.

So at lunchtime today, some of the crew brought the All Weather boat up from it's mooring at Torness into the harbour.  After showing the kids (and big kids!) around the boat, letting them sit up at the controls and pretend to be lifeboat crew for the day, it was all back to the station for cakes, colouring and training for our future crew.

A huge thank you to the crew who organised today and brought the boat up, from all the families and friends.

Dunbar Lifeboat goes to the aid of sinking fishing boat

Dunbar lifeboat is tonight helping a fishing boat that was in danger of sinking a mile North of the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth.

The boat, from Pittenweem in Fife, put out a mayday distress call at 20.42 tonight telling coastguards they were taking on water and their engine had stopped.

The trawler's leak has now been stemmed and Dunbar has been joined by North Berwick ILB and the Anstruther boat in pumping it out.

If the boat cannot restart its engine it will be towed to Pittenweem. 

Rough Weather for Dunbar's Passage Crew

Spare a thought for the crew of Dunbar Lifeboat who are the first leg of Lifeboat 14-35’s journey to its refit In Ireland. Crew member’s Gary Fairbairn, Mark Anderson, Alistair Punton, Iain McDougal, Alan Blair, Stuart Pirie and Gaz Crowe left Dunbar at 5am yesterday.

The crew are currently rounding the corner from Fair Isle off the North coast of Scotland into the Hebrides after a stopover at Fraserburgh last night.

The weather conditions are less than ideal though, with the latest forecast issued by the met office this morning predicting severe gale 9 with a predicted wave height up to 9 meters.

The next stop for the crew is Portree where they will spend another night before heading on to Oban. The weather conditions in this area however are worse still, with a Storm 10 expected in the next 12 hours.

Certainly sounds like its turning into an interesting trip for our guys.

Once reaching Oban the crew will be headed home before another crew departs Dunbar to take the boat the rest of the way to Ireland.

Dunbar Lifeboat goes to the aid of stricken crewman

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of one of its own crew volunteers who had become unwell at sea on his fishing boat.

30 year old Kevin Keillor raised the alarm on Thursday evening as he succumbed to extreme chest pains that left him unable to skipper his boat.

Dunbar’s RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “Kevin raised the alarm while on a lone passage between Eyemouth and Dunbar – he had tried resting for an hour but found himself unable to continue.

“By the time we reached him he was in serious pain and hyperventilating. We got him on board the lifeboat and treated him with painkillers and took him back to our berth at Torness where medics were waiting for him. It may be a little time before he’s well enough to go back to sea.”

Yesterday (Sunday) the lifeboat was involved in an operation to try and save a 52 year old diver who had got into difficulties in 47 metres of water 25 miles North East of Torness.

Coxswain Fairbairn said: “We were responding to a mayday from the Eyemouth dive boat Jacob George. One of a party of seven divers exploring the wreck of a German U Boat had lost his air supply on the seabed. His dive buddy send him up to the surface but he was unconscious.

“We were about an hour away and as we were about three miles from the casualty a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer arrived on scene and winched the diver a board and rushed him to Ninewellls Hospital in Dundee but very sadly he was dead.”

The Dunbar lifeboat took the dead man’s dive buddy back to Eyemouth suffering from shock where he was examined by medics.