Merryhatton have chosen the RNLI as their Charity for this year and all proceeds from their events to be divided equally between Dunbar and North Berwick.
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’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.