9:35 PM21:35

Both Boats Launched for Missing Person Search 19/5/19


Dunbar’s all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were launched last night (Sunday) to assist in the search for a missing person.

UK Coastguard paged for the crews to join shoreline coastguard teams from Dunbar, North Berwick and Eyemouth at around 9.35pm. Crews on both boats conducted a search from Belhaven to Torness, deploying illuminating flares. During the search, the missing person made themselves known to police and all assets were stood down at 11.20pm.

Both boats were refuelled and ready for service by 11.45pm.


ILB: Alan Blair, Gary Crowe, Rebecca Miller, Douglas Wight

ALB: Mark Anderson, Gordon Mackay, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Jamie Forrester, Kevan Jamieson, Kieran Fairbairn, Quentin Dimmer

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4:20 PM16:20

ILB Crew Assists with Missing Persons Search 7/5/19

Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) crew joined police, North Berwick Coastguard and UK Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter in a search for three casualties in the area of Tyninghame and Ravensheugh Sands this afternoon (Tues).

Also on scene were Police Scotland’s Search Dog Team, Scottish Ambulance Service personnel including their Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and Border Search and Rescue Unit. The Police Scotland Air Support Unit was also tasked but cancelled before takeoff.

After UK Coastguard paged for the ILB, our volunteer crew were quickly on scene and began a search from Wildfire Point to Peffer Sands. Coastguards located the first casualty and the crew continued their search. A second casualty was located by police and a short time later they also found the third casualty.

All casualties were checked over by paramedics and the Coastguard stood down all assets. The ILB crew returned to Dunbar Harbour where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service.

Crew: Gaz Crowe, Chris Woods, Andrzej Hajduk, Kieran Fairbairn

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Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launch to Report of Youth Stuck on Cliff 28/03/19
6:08 PM18:08

Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launch to Report of Youth Stuck on Cliff 28/03/19

UK Coastguard alerted the volunteer crew at 6.08pm yesterday evening (Thursday) following a report of a young male stuck on the cliffs east of Winterfield golf course.

Three members of the crew were preparing the inshore lifeboat to launch on a regular training exercise when the pagers sounded so were in a position to rapidly launch the inshore lifeboat (ILB) at Dunbar Harbour. Within minutes the crew, joined by a fourth crewman, had located the casualty at the top of the cliffs close to Winterfield golf course. 

At 6.40pm the all weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from its mooring at Torness Harbour to assist from an offshore position. (The nature of the coastline in this area can often lead to restricted radio communications when close to the shore. In such a situation the ALB will act as a proxy to the ILB for radio communications.)

The casualty’s precarious position on soft ground towards the top of the cliff led to the decision to undertake recovery from above. With Police Scotland now on scene the crew stood by to assist where necessary while Coastguard crew from Dunbar and North Berwick arrived to skilfully perform the recovery.

A Dunbar RNLI spokesperson said, “The extremity of this situation was impacted not only by the height and condition of the cliffs but also by the fast approaching tide which would have cut off any exit from the cliff base. We would like to remind the public of the importance of checking tide times when accessing the coastline near to the cliffs, where possible it is advisable to stick to pathways and to avoid the temptation to climb the cliffs unless trained to do so and with the relevant safety equipment in place.”

At 7.06pm, following the safe recovery of the casualty, both lifeboats returned to their respective bases to be refuelled and prepped for continued service. 

ILB crew: Alan Blair, Chris Woods, Kieran Fairbairn, Nick Mailer

ALB crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Kevan Jamieson, Iain McDougall, Rebecca Miller, Andrzej Hajduk, Quentin Dimmer

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

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11:10 AM11:10

Training Exercise Turns Real as Dunbar Crew Responds to Distress Call 10/3/19

Photo: Nick Mailer

Photo: Nick Mailer

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat crew cut short an exercise today (Sunday) to respond to two kayakers in trouble.

The volunteer crew was conducting a routine training exercise with the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) near Belhaven Bay at 11.10am when UK Coastguard tasked them in response to a personal locator beacon (PLB) that had been activated off the coast of Port Seton in the Firth of Forth.

The crew abruptly halted the anchoring exercise and prepared the lifeboat to make best speed to the casualty.

Making good ground, the Dunbar crew was joined by lifeboats from both Kinghorn and North Berwick RNLI and Coastguard teams from South Queensferry, Fisherrow and North Berwick, as well as a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Ayshire.

Photo: Nick Mailer

Photo: Nick Mailer

Kinghorn lifeboat was first to arrive on scene and established that the automated PLB alert had come from two kayakers, one of which had capsized and was in the water. After recovering both kayakers and their craft, Kinghorn crew continued to Port Seton Harbour where Coastguard teams and an ambulance crew were waiting to assess the casualties for the effects of cold water exposure.

Photo: Nick Mailer

Photo: Nick Mailer

UK Coastguard stood down the Dunbar lifeboat at 12:55pm and the crew proceeded to escort North Berwick’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) back to their base in rapidly worsening sea conditions. The Dunbar crew then continued back to its mooring at Torness and by 2.20pm was refuelled and ready for service.

The positive outcome of this particular rescue was greatly advantaged by the equipment carried by the kayakers. PLB’s assist rescue teams in the speedy location of a casualty and offer an easy to use and invaluable addition to any seafarer’s safety equipment, alongside the more standard buoyancy aid, radio and phone. 

Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn, said: “This particular shout shows the value of our regular training exercises as the crew were able to rapidly respond to this tasking while already at sea.”

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Rebecca Miller, Allan Ross, Nick Mailer, Quentin Dimmer, Henry Weaver, Douglas Wight

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3:55 PM15:55

Both Boats Launched to Paddle Boarder in Difficulty 23/2/19

Dunbar RNLI volunteers launched both lifeboats yesterday (Saturday) after reports of a lone paddle boarder in difficulty near Thorntonloch.

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UK Coastguard paged for the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats at 3.55pm after a member of public raised the alarm. The crews launched minutes later and both boats were on scene by around 4.15pm to begin a search. 

The crews spotted a person on rocks near Thorntonloch Beach and, with assistance from UK Coastguard teams from Dunbar and North Berwick and members of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, established this was the casualty, who had managed to make their own way to the shore.

The paddle boarder, who had got into difficulties after being blown away from shore, did not require medical treatment. Both crews were then stood down and the lifeboats were back ready for service by 5pm.

An RNLI spokesman said “Stand up paddle boarding or SUP is fun in flat water or surf and can be enjoyed by the whole family but this incident highlighted the potential risks.”

The RNLI advises paddle boarders to:

·      Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. Don't leave the house without a mobile phone or communication device.

·      Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out - they can change quickly.

·      Avoid offshore winds.

·      Always go with a friend.

·      Wear a suitable personal flotation device.

·      Wear suitable clothing for time of year.

·      Always wear your leash and hold onto your board if you get into trouble - it will help you float.

·      Consider other water users by learning the rights of way in the surf. This can save you and others getting injured.

·      Get the appropriate level of training.

A RNLI spokesman added: “Our advice to members of the public is if you see someone in danger or something of concern on the water, cliffs or shoreline call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Lewis (left) and Alan Blair on their first shout together.  (Photo: Ross McMullen)

Lewis (left) and Alan Blair on their first shout together.

(Photo: Ross McMullen)

Saturday’s shout was also notable as it was the first time crew member Alan Blair, an RNLI volunteer for nearly 17 years, was on a call out with his cousin Lewis Blair, who officially joined Dunbar Coastguard in January this year.


ALB: Gordon Mackay, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Adrian Lavery, Iain Mcdougall, Andrzej Hajduk

ILB: Alan Blair, Gordon Kirkham, Laura Kirkham, Jamie Forrester

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12:00 PM12:00

Dog Tragedy Highlights Wind & Water Danger 7/1/19

Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers raced to help a man who jumped into the harbour to rescue his dog after it was swept into the water in strong winds today (Monday).


The alarm was raised by fishermen at midday after the Chihuahua puppy fell into Dunbar Harbour in force 6 winds with gusts of 30mph. The dog’s 21-year-old owner entered the water after his pet but wasn’t able to rescue the dog. He managed to swim to the other side and pulled himself up a ladder.

As crew members tended to the man, another volunteer swam out and reached the dog. Holding it above the swell, he and another crew member brought the puppy ashore. Volunteers fought to save the animal and rushed it to a vet in the town, while an ambulance arrived to take the man to hospital for treatment.

Sadly, the dog did not recover.

The tragic incident highlighted the dangers facing people when walking dogs close to water.

The RNLI’s advice is to keep dogs on a lead if close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers. If a dog enters the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after it. Move to a place the animal can reach safely and call. In most cases, the dog will probably get out by itself. If worried, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

The crew’s thoughts go to the dog’s owner and family.

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Chris Woods, Gaz Crowe, Rebecca Miller, Rowan Davies, Gordon Mackay, Allan Ross

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6:43 AM06:43

Early Shout to Reel In Fishing Boat 12/12/18


Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers had an early call out this morning (Wed) to come to the aid of a fishing trawler that had suffered engine trouble.

UK Coastguard paged the volunteer crew at 6.43am after the local boat ran into difficulties a mile north east of Dunbar Harbour. The vessel, with three persons on board, was being towed by another boat but wasn’t able to enter the harbour.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched from Torness Power Station at 7.21am and was on scene within minutes. The lifeboat crew established its own tow and brought the trawler safely into the harbour.

The ALB was refuelled and ready for service at 8.55am - in time for our youngest crew member Kieran to still make some classes at Dunbar Grammar School!

Crew: Gordon Mackay, Carolyn Voisey, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Allan Ross, Nick Mailer, Kieran Fairbairn

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2:34 PM14:34

Dunbar Crews Called to Rescue Children From Cave 24/11/18

Dunbar volunteer lifeboat crews rescued three children from a cave when they were cut off by a rising tide on Saturday afternoon (Nov 24).


The three children – a boy and girl aged 12 and one 11-year-old girl – had been playing near the ‘eye cave’ near the town’s harbour when they became cut off. They were stranded for nearly two hours before the boy dialled 999 for help.

UK Coastguard paged for the lifeboat at 2.34pm. Moments later the D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched and within minutes had located the children. Two volunteer crew went ashore and checked the state of the children. They found two of them cold and shivering and their feet were wet from their attempts to wade through the rising water, but they were otherwise unhurt.

The crew fitted the children with lifejackets and guided them safely into the lifeboat. The ILB then returned to the harbour where the children were assessed by a waiting ambulance crew.

Meanwhile, Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from its mooring at Torness in case it was needed to provide assistance but it was stood down before reaching the harbour.

A spokesman for Dunbar RNLI said: “This incident showed how easy it can be to be cut off by the tide. The children were aware of the risks and usually checked the tide times but on this occasion they forgot. However they did the right thing by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

“Getting cut off by the tide contributes to a significant number of RNLI rescues every year. The RNLI encourages everyone to enjoy the coastline safely and advises to check weather and tides before you set out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear and make sure you have a charged mobile phone with you.”

The ILB was refuelled and made ready for service by 3.30pm.


ILB: Gaz Crowe, Jamie Forrester, Rebecca Miller

ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Alan Blair, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Kevan Jamieson, Stuart Crichton, Andrzej Hajduk

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9:17 PM21:17

Both Lifeboats Join Missing Person Search 20/10/18

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Both Dunbar lifeboats were launched last night (Sat) as volunteers assisted police in the search for a missing person.

UK Coastguard paged for both the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats to launch at 9.17pm to join in the search near Dunbar Golf Course.

The ILB was launched from the harbour minutes later and by 9.40pm the ALB launched from Torness Power Station.

However, just as the crews were commencing their searches, Police Scotland reported officers had located the person and both assets were stood down.

The shout was also notable as it was our youngest crew member and newest recruit Kieran Fairbairn’s first experience of an emergency callout.


ILB: Gaz Crowe, Jamie Forrester, Rebecca Miller, Chris Woods

ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Alan Blair, Rowan Davies, Kieran Fairbairn, Andrzej Hajduk, Kevan Jamieson, Gordon Mackay, Nick Mailer, Ian Mcdougall, Douglas Wight

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Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launched to Reports of Person In Water 16-9-18
3:26 PM15:26

Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launched to Reports of Person In Water 16-9-18


Both Dunbar’s lifeboats launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday) after UK Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public that they could see what looked like an upturned inflatable boat near the water outlet at Torness Power Station.


Although the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) is usually moored at Torness, it was temporarily at Dunbar Harbour. After receiving the initial call at 3.26pm both the ALB and the inshore (ILB) were launched within minutes from the harbour and made best speed to the area in which the object was seen. Once on scene the ALB crew searched for signs of the boat and spotted something in the water.


They discovered it was gentleman spear fishing. He was experienced and well equipped and was not in distress. He informed the crew he wished to continue for a few more minutes. The crews stood by for 20 minutes until he was ready to go ashore.

Both boats returned to Dunbar Harbour where they were refuelled and ready for service by 5.26pm.



ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Chris Woods, Alistair Punton, Ian Mcdougall, Nick Mailer

ILB: Gaz Crowe, Rowan Davies, Andrzej Hajduk

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Dunbar Lifeboat Volunteers Called to Rescue Crew Member 11/9/18


Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers came to the rescue of one of their own crew members last night (Tuesday) when his fishing boat ran into trouble.

(Photo courtesy of Dunbar Coastguard)

(Photo courtesy of Dunbar Coastguard)

UK Coastguard paged for the lifeboat at 6.30pm after the fishing vessel Spitfire – owned by Robert Davies and son Rowan, a Dunbar volunteer – became tail tied on its own net.

Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from its mooring at Torness Power Station at 6.57pm and reached the stricken Spitfire five miles north of the town 20 minutes later.

A tow was quickly set up but because of the state of tide it was deemed too risky to return to the harbour. That meant a five-hour wait until 1am when it was safe enough to attempt an approach.


In 20mph wind and some swell, the crew of the ALB John Neville Taylor shortened the tow line and guided the Spitfire to a safe berth at around 1.20am.

The ALB then returned to Torness where by 2.45am it was refuelled and ready for service.


Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Chris Woods, Alistair Punton, Kevan Jamieson, Iain Mcdougall, Allan Ross, Nick Mailer, Douglas Wight

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4:20 PM16:20

Crew Called to Dog Stuck at Cliffs 8/9/18

Dunbar’s Lifeboat crew launched yesterday (Sat) to help with a dog that had become stuck at the foot of cliffs.


UK Coastguard paged the crew at 4.20pm after receiving a report from a concerned dog owner that his six-year-old spaniel Maisie was stranded on rocks near the Glebe, with her foot caught in her collar.


The crew launched the in-shore lifeboat (ILB) minutes later but when they arrived on scene Maisie had freed herself and was making her own way back along rocks at the foot of cliffs at Winterfield towards the golf course.

Crew members left the lifeboat and tried to coax Maisie to safety, as her owner, accompanied by members of Dunbar and North Berwick Coastguard teams, arrived.

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With the help of a friend’s dog, Maisie was reunited with her owner moments later. Although suffering from a sore paw and appearing wet and shaking, Maisie seemed otherwise none the worse for her ordeal.

Her owner, who lives near Winterfield Gold Course, explained Maisie was a rescue dog who loved running on the rocks and had managed to take off after someone left a garden gate open. On this occasion she seemed to get cut off by the tide and found herself in difficulty.

Maisie’s owner did the right thing by calling the Coastguard for help. The RNLI’s advice to dog owners is always to seek help if their pets get into trouble. If they go into water or mud move to a safe place and call them. Dogs often get themselves out of trouble but people risk finding themselves in danger if they enter the water to rescue them.

The ILB returned to the station and by 5.20pm was refuelled and ready for service.

Crew: Gordon Kirkham, Rowan Davies, Rebecca Miller, Douglas Wight

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6:36 AM06:36

All Weather Lifeboat Launched in Yacht Rescue 6/8/18

Dunbar’s lifeboat crew rescued a German yacht owner whose engine failed early this morning (Monday).

(Pic: Gary Fairbairn)

(Pic: Gary Fairbairn)

UK Coastguard paged for the volunteer crew at 6.36am after the yacht Optimist B became stranded without power or wind a mile north of Torness Power Station. The all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched from its mooring at Torness at 7.07am and within a few minutes had reached the yacht.

The 74-year-old skipper of the 40ft yacht had been sailing single-handedly from Dusseldorf around the UK since May and was on passage to Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth when he suffered technical difficulties.

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

After assessing the situation, the lifeboat crew set up a tow and the ALB John Neville Taylor brought the Optimist B into Dunbar Harbour, where it was moored for repairs.

The ALB returned to Torness and by 9.30am was refuelled and ready for service.

Thankfully, this callout ended safely but the RNLI Respect the Water campaign reminds people going out on the water alone to:

  • Carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.

  • Wear an appropriate flotation device, such as a lifejacket or buoyancy aid – it could save your life.

  • Tell someone ashore your plans and what time you expect to be back.

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gaz Crowe, Gordon Kirkham, Adrian Lavery, Chris Woods, Stuart Crichton, Nick Mailer, Douglas Wight

(Pic: UK Coastguard)

(Pic: UK Coastguard)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

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Busy Day for Dunbar Volunteers With Two Call Outs 31/7/18
1:05 PM13:05

Busy Day for Dunbar Volunteers With Two Call Outs 31/7/18

It was a busy day for the volunteer crew of Dunbar lifeboat station on Tuesday 31-7-18 receiving two calls just hours apart. 


The first shout was at 13: 05 after UK Coastguard received a call from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of two double kayaks south of the Bass Rock. With an off shore wind the concerned member of the public was worried they were being blown further offshore.

Dunbars all weather lifeboat was launched and made best speed towards the last sighting of the two kayaks. North Berwick lifeboat was also tasked and was on scene first, after a short search the kayaks were discovered near Seacliff beach safe and well. With no further need for either lifeboats, both were stood down and returned to station and on this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent. 



The second shout of the day was at 16:54 after UK Coastguard had reports from a member of the public that a female with a small child and dog were going to be cut of by the tide at Belhaven Bay near the bridge to no where.  Dunbars Inshore lifeboat was quickly launched and made their way to Belhaven beach. Upon arrival just 30ft away from the beach it was understood the casualties had safely made their way across the marsh land  into John Muir country park. The inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station to be refuelled and once again ready for service. 

If you ever see anyone in trouble near or on the coast dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Both occasions were false alarms with good intent but could have  both easily been different scenario's. 

ALB crew; Gary Fairbairn, Chris Woods, Alistair Punton, Gordon Kirkham, Ross McMullen, Iain McDougall, Rowan Davies, Rebecca Miller. 

ILB crew; Alan Blair, Gaz Crowe,Rowan Davies, Andrzej Hjduk  

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Both Lifeboats Launched To Boat On Rocks 28/7/18
2:14 PM14:14

Both Lifeboats Launched To Boat On Rocks 28/7/18

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On Saturday afternoon 28-7-18 at 14:15, UK Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public who could see a boat on the rocks at Skateraw harbour with two persons in the water along side it. 

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With reports of people in the water it was decided that both boats were to launch, The all weather lifeboat was on scene first and was able to update the coastguard that the small pleasure boat was on the reef at Chapel point near Skateraw. Unfortunately due to the position of the vessel the all weather lifeboat was unable to reach the casualty without the danger of hitting rocks itself and awaited the arrival of the inshore lifeboat. 

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Shortly after the inshore lifeboat was on scene, a crew member was transferred over to speak to the casualties and asses the damage on the vessel. With no injures to either casualties it was advised that they both make their way to Skateraw beach along with Dunbar and North Berwick coastguard teams. One of the inshore crew managed to re-float the vessel and the inshore was able to establish an along side tow back towards the beach at Skateraw. Two other crew members were transferred from the all weather lifeboat to assist in recovering the boat. 

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The crew managed to beach the vessel with help from Dunbar and North Berwick coastguard teams and handed the boat back to the owners to allow recovery onto its trailer. 

Both boats then returned to station shortly after 15:15 to be refueled and made ready for service once again.

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ALB crew: Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Puton, Chris Woods, Gaz Crowe, Stuart Crichton, Rob Campbell. 

ILB crew: Gordon Kirkham, Alan Blair, Laura Kirkham. 

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All Weather Lifeboat Launched to Fishing Vessel With Engine Problems 26/7/18
7:30 PM19:30

All Weather Lifeboat Launched to Fishing Vessel With Engine Problems 26/7/18

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On Thursday evening while some of the volunteer crew were conducting a sea safety visit with Dunbar sea cadets, and Dunbar's inshore lifeboat was out on exercise, a local fishing vessel contacted UK coastguard with engine problems just west of the bass rock.  Due to the size of the vessel the all weather lifeboat was requested to launch. The crew made the 7 mile journey by station land rover to Torness, launching just after 19:30 and made best speed towards the casualty vessel. 


Once on scene the crew passed a tow over and proceed back towards Dunbar harbour, however due to the state of tide both boats could not enter into the harbour until 22:30. Shortly after 22:30 the all weather lifeboat towed the fishing vessel into the harbour where she was tied up along side the pier with help from Dunbar and North Berwick coastguard. 

Dunbar's all weather lifeboat then returned to Torness were it was refulled and made ready for service at 23:00. 

Crew; Gary Fairbairn, Gordan Kirkham, Adrian Lavery, Gaz Crowe, Ross McMullen, David Koch.  

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12:06 AM00:06

Both Boats Launched After Red Flare Report 11/7/18

Dunbar’s lifeboats were launched shortly after midnight on Wednesday (July 11) after UK Coastguard received reports that a red distress flare had been sighted at Ravensheugh Sands.


Two fishermen called 999 after spotting the flare. Both the inshore lifeboat (ILB) and all-weather lifeboat (ALB) conducted a coordinated search of the area, along with shore-based teams from Dunbar and North Berwick Coastguards.

After conducting inquiries near St Baldred's Cradle, North Berwick Coastguard Rescue team established that some campers had set off the flare after finding it.

All assets were then stood down.

The public are advised that if you find a flare or suspicious item on the coastline call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

It is not only a criminal offence to misuse flares, but by doing so can place numerous people at risk when searching in the hours of darkness on both land and sea.


ILB: Alan Blair, Gaz Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Andrzej Hajduk

ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Punton, Chris Woods, Kevan Jamieson, Iain Mcdougall, Rob Campbell, Nick Mailer, Douglas Wight

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5:30 PM17:30

Dunbar Crew Assist Burn Victim on Belhaven Beach 30/6/18

The dangers of beach barbecues were highlighted on Saturday (June 30) as Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crew assisted a man who badly burned his feet on hot sand at Belhaven Beach.

Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 5.35pm after UK Coastguard received a report of the incident, which happened just after 5pm.

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The volunteers arrived on scene to find the man with severe blisters on his feet and in considerable pain. He and his partner had been enjoying a barbecue on the beach. When the barbecue cooled they moved it elsewhere but the man stood on sand where the disposable tray had been sitting. The heat of the sand was such his feet blistered.

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Crew members used burn bags to protect the man’s feet as they, with help from two surfers, transferred him to the lifeboat. They then headed to the nearby chalets at Shore Road, where an ambulance crew was waiting to treat the man for his injuries.

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The lifeboat crew then returned to Dunbar Harbour where the ILB was refueled and made ready for service.

A spokesman for Dunbar RNLI said: “The recent warm weather is ideal for beach barbecues but we would urge people to take care. Even when a barbecue has cooled the heat of the sand underneath can be considerable, as this man’s injuries demonstrated.”

The lifeboat crew also wishes to extend its thanks to the two surfers who not only helped raise the alarm, but also guided the crew to the exact location and helped transfer the man for treatment.

Crew: Alan Blair, Gaz Crowe, Gordon Kirkham, Laura Kirkham


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6:11 AM06:11

Lifeboats Launched to Fishing Boat Run Aground on Rocks 17/6/18


Both Dunbar lifeboats were launched earlier this morning (Sun) to assist a fishing boat run aground on rocks near the town’s harbour. 

Volunteers were paged at 6.10am after the crew of the Pamela S trawler ran into difficulties at Long Craigs. The net of the 17m boat had picked up a large rock but when the crew moved into shallow water to try to free themselves the net got caught under the hull and the boat ran aground. 


UK coastguard requested the D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launch at 6.20am. Once on scene, the volunteers assessed the situation and prepared a tow but given the size of the Pamela S and the fact that there was no immediate danger to crew or vessel a request was made for the all-weather (ALB) to assist.


The coastguard requested the ALB launch but while it was on its way from its mooring in Torness Power Station, a passing Dunbar fishing boat, the May Queen, offered to help. The ILB crew helped set up a tow and the May Queen pulled the Pamela S off the rocks. The three-man crew of the North Shields-based trawler reported no damage to the boat. They then dropped their net and made their way to Dunbar harbour, where they planned to wait for a diver to help recover their net so they could continue fishing. 


By 7.20am the Pamela S was tied up in the harbour and the coastguard stood down both lifeboat crews. 


ILB: Gaz Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight


ALB: Gordon Mackay, Alan Blair, Kevan Jamieson, Rebecca Miller, Andrzej Hajduk, John-Robert Eunson

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8:15 PM20:15

Both Lifeboats Launched in Kayaker Rescue 17/5/18

Dunbar’s lifeboat crews raced to rescue an injured kayaker after receiving a mayday distress call on Thursday evening (May 17). 

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UK Coastguard requested both the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats launch at 8.15pm after the call came that the kayaker had dislocated his shoulder and was stranded about a mile offshore from the town’s East Beach. 

The volunteer crew of the D-class ILB Jimmy Miff launched from Dunbar Harbour soon afterwards and located the male casualty and his female companion, both in their 40s, a mile north east of the harbour before 8.30pm. They found the man in the water, lying over his kayak, clearly suffering from a shoulder injury. 

The crew carefully lifted the man into the lifeboat, secured his kayak and made their way back to the harbour, requesting an ambulance crew meet them on their return. The female kayaker was able to make her own way back to the harbour.

The crew arrived back at the harbour at 8.43pm, where the man was able to walk to waiting medics to be assessed. The ILB was then recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.

Meanwhile the ALB also launched from its mooring at Torness Power Station and was on its way to the casualty before being stood down ten minutes later by UK Coastguard. 


ILB: Alan Blair, Gordon Kirkham, Laura Kirkham, Rebecca Miller

ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Gaz Crowe, Chris Woods, Kevan Jamieson, Adrian Lavery, Stuart Crichton, Rob Campbell, Douglas Wight

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Inshore Lifeboat Launched in Search for Missing Youth 15/5/18


Dunbar's lifeboat volunteers joined police and coastguard teams on Tuesday night in a search for a missing youth reported to be in a distressed state.

UK Coastguard called for the lifeboat at 11.18pm to assist shore-based teams from Dunbar and North Berwick. The inshore (ILB) D-class Jimmy Miff launched shortly afterwards.

The teenager had been reported heading towards the harbour area by witnesses concerned for his wellbeing. 

The ILB crew conducted a search of the harbour area, then headed east to Dunbar Golf Course, before continuing west to Long Craigs. There was no sign of a person matching the youth's description and UK Coastguard stood down the lifeboat and shore teams shortly after 1am on Wednesday.

Police were continuing their inquiries to locate the individual. 


Crew: Gaz Crowe, Gordon Kirkham, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight

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Both Dunbar Boats Tasked In Missing Surfer Search
10:20 AM10:20

Both Dunbar Boats Tasked In Missing Surfer Search

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Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out to search for a possible missing surfer on Wednesday (Dec 27).

The alarm was raised when a member of the public lost sight of a surfer they had earlier seen in the water at East Beach shortly before 10.20am. UK coastguard requested both the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats to launch.

Both crews conducted a search of the coastline from Cromwell Harbour to Dunbar Golf Club but there was no sign of a person in the water or surfboard. Members of Dunbar Coastguard also joined in the search from the shoreline.

The ILB was tasked to Belhaven Bay to see if any other surfers had relevant information but sea conditions prevented the crew from going ashore.

At 11.47am, after an extensive search, both assets were stood down.


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ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Gaz Crowe, Chris Woodss, Kevan Jamieson, Quentin Dimmer and Mike Garfitt

ILB: Alan Blair, Gordon Kirkham, Rebecca Miller, Douglas Wight

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2:23 PM14:23

Both Dunbar boats called to children cut off from tide


Dunbar's two volunteer lifeboats raced to Pease Bay Leisure Park this afternoon (Tues) after receiving a report that two girls were cut off from the tide.

UK Coastguard paged for both the all weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats at 2.23pm once the alarm was raised at the park, at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire. The ALB launched from Torness while the ILB left from Dunbar Harbour and both arrived on scene at around 2.50pm.

At that time both girls were found safe and well and were back with their parents. 
The coastguard stood down both assets.

Due to blustery winds caused by the remnants of storm Ophelia, the ALB escorted the ILB back to Dunbar before heading back to Torness. Both boats were refuelled and ready for service at 4.10pm. 

ALB: Mark Anderson, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Andrzej Hajduk and Douglas Wight

ILB: Gary Crowe, Rowan Davies and Rebecca Miller

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4:30 PM16:30

Lifeboat Launched in Missing Person Search 20/9/17

Dunbar volunteers joined a shoreline search for a missing woman on Wednesday afternoon (September 20).

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UK Coastguard tasked the crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) at 4.30pm to join a search that had begun at 2.30pm. Police and coastguard teams from Dunbar and North Berwick were also searching for the woman who was described as vulnerable and there were fears for her safety.

The ILB crew searched the harbour area, then west along the shoreline to Belhaven and onto the River Tyne before heading back to the harbour and commencing a search eastwards to Dunbar golf course.

At 6pm, after the search failed to find the woman in question, the Coastguard stood down all teams and the ILB returned to the harbour where it was refuelled and readied for service.

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Alan Blair, Adrian Lavery, Douglas Wight

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4:50 AM04:50

Two Crew-Related Call Outs In A Week For Dunbar Volunteers (21/8/17)


Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers were called out for the second time in a week to a crew-related emergency when a fishing boat suffered engine failure early this morning (Monday).


The boat in trouble was the L’Ogien, whose skipper David Fairbairn is a former crew member and the father of current Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn. After switching off their engine to fish at night, David and his two crew were unable to restart several hours later and were stranded one and a half miles north of Torness.


UK coastguard paged the lifeboat crew at 4.50am and shortly after 5am the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched. Arriving on scene, the volunteers transferred three mechanics to see if they could fix the problem as the vessel’s generator had also failed.


A tow was set up to take the L’Ogien to Eyemouth, but one and a half miles north west of St Abbs the mechanics managed to fix the generator, allowing the battery to recharge and restart the power.


The L'Ogien crew went back fishing under their own steam. The ALB dropped the tow and returned to Torness at 8am.


It was the second crew-related call out in five days.


On Thursday (August 17), Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 3.40pm to assist a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) owned by crew member Alan Ross after it suffered engine failure near to the town’s harbour.


After setting up a tow the RIB was returned to the harbour and the ILB refuelled and readied for service.


Crew (ALB): Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Alan Blair, Gordon Mackay, Gordon Kirkham, Gary Crowe, Chris Woods, Jamie Forrester

Crew (ILB): Gary Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Laura Kirkham, Rowan Davies

Photos: Gary Crowe/Gordon Kirkham

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Inshore Lifeboat launched to broken down pleasure craft 31-7-17
10:22 AM10:22

Inshore Lifeboat launched to broken down pleasure craft 31-7-17

This morning at 10:20 the volunteer crew of our inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK coastguard after they received a call from a skipper on board a local pleasure craft who suffered engine failure about half a mile north of Dunbar Harbour. 

The crew quickly launched the inshore lifeboat and made best speed towards the casualty vessel. On arrival a local fishing boat,Fiddlers Green, had kindly stopped to assist and already had the small pleasure craft under tow back to the harbour. With the skipper of Fiddlers green happy to continue, the ILB stood by until they were safely in the harbour. 

The inshore lifeboat then took over the tow to assist helping the skipper onto his mooring in Cromwell harbour. The Inshore lifeboat was then recovered a short time after and made ready for service once again. 


If you see anyone in trouble at sea or even find yourself in need of help dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. 

Crew: Gaz Crowe, Rebecca Miller, Dougie White, Andy Hajduk

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4:25 PM16:25

Dunbar Crews Called Out for Real on Lifeboat Day 8/7/17

Dunbar’s lifeboat crews raced from their own gala celebrations on Saturday (July 8) to help in the search for a missing diver.

The volunteers had been taking part in the town’s annual Lifeboat Fete – their biggest fundraising event of the year – when the emergency arose.

Hundreds of people who had flocked to Dunbar’s High Street and Harbour to enjoy the parade and festivities had watched the crew perform exercises to demonstrate some of their rescue capabilities, including one to assist a diver in trouble.

But, at 4.25pm, both the all weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were launched for real when the diver was reported missing three and a half miles north of Dunbar. At the request of UK Coastguard, both boats, a Search and Rescue helicopter and the vessel Conserver conducted an extensive search of the area near the wreck of a First World War U-boat where the diver had last been seen.

However, after three hours and with no sign of the missing man, all assets were stood down and both lifeboats returned to Dunbar.

Dunbar RNLI Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this incident. Even though it was Lifeboat Day we were still on call and it highlighted just why we are dependent on the huge support we get from people in Dunbar.”

Earlier, warm sunshine and a host of star attractions helped to make this year’s Lifeboat Day a huge success. Hundreds of people lined the High Street to greet Lifeboat Queen Rhian Paxton, 15, and the rest of her court, while later dancers from the hugely successful ‘Strictly for the Lifeboats’ – which included many of the crew – wowed the crowd with their stunning routines.

Organiser Veronica Davies said: “I want to thank everyone for all their amazing support, and to the sponsors, stall holders and businesses near and far. They all made it a fantastic day.”



ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainsley, Alan Blair, Alistair Punton, Gordon Mackay, Chris Woods, Kevan Jamieson

ILB: Gordon Kirkham, Gary Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Douglas Wight

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3:50 PM15:50

Dunbar Crew Rescue Boat with Engine Failure from Rocks 4/7/17

Dunbar RNLI lifeboat volunteers had to act fast to stop a motorboat with engine failure drifting onto rocks near Torness on Tuesday (July 4).

The two-man crew of the Sandra cruiser raised the alarm at 3.50pm after losing power while on route from Newhaven to Eyemouth. Less than four minutes later, the all weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from Dunbar Harbour, following the request from UK Coastguard.


The lifeboat crew arrived on scene to see the motorboat drifting dangerously close to rocks not far from Whitesands beach. In choppy sea conditions, the crew managed to throw a line to the vessel and towed it to deeper water where a proper tow could be established.

By 5pm both boats were in Dunbar Harbour, where the Sandra was taken to a safe berth.


Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn said it was lucky the ALB John Neville Taylor had been temporarily moored in the harbour, instead of at its permanent mooring at Torness.

He explained: “It might have been a different outcome if we’d had to go to Torness and taken longer to launch. As it was we were able to reach them quickly and pull them out of harm’s way.”


Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainsley, Alistair Punton, Gordon Mackay, Henry Weaver, Chris Woods, Quentin Dimmer

Photos: Gary Crowe


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7:20 PM19:20

Both Boats Launched to Emergency at Pease Bay 1/7/17

Dunbar's lifeboat crews were called to Pease Bay for the second time in four days - and tasked for the third time in a week - on Saturday evening.

UK Coastguard received a report that a female was hurt near rocks close to the holiday park. Both the inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Jimmy Miff, and the all weather lifeboat (ALB), the John Neville Taylor, were launched. 

By the time both boats reached Pease Bay, the casualty was being attended to by medics from the Scottish Ambulance Service and Coastguard teams and both assets were stood down.


ILB: Gordon Kirkham, Laura Kirkham, Alan Blair, Gary Crowe

ALB: Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Punton, Jamie Forrester, Ross McMullen, Rowan Davies, Kevan Jamieson, Quentin Dimmer, Douglas Wight

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5:15 PM17:15

Volunteers Deeply Saddened by Sudden Death on Rocks 30/6/17

Dunbar’s lifeboat crew were involved in the fight to save the life of a man during an incident on rocks north of the harbour Battery at 5.15pm on Friday (June 30).

Sadly, despite efforts by volunteers and medics from the Scottish Ambulance Service, the man was pronounced dead around an hour later.

After the alarm was raised that the man, in his 30s, needed urgent help, UK Coastguard tasked the Dunbar team and, while the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched, other crew members raced on foot to the scene. They were joined by paramedics, Coastguard teams and police officers.

Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the crew were deeply shocked and saddened by the incident.

He added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family at this very sad time.”

The incident highlighted how dangerous the rocks around the harbour can be, particularly in wet weather.

Gary added: “We would urge everyone to be extremely careful when on the rocks.”


Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Punton, Adrian Lavery, Gordon Mackay, Gerard McPhillips, Alan Blair, Laura Kirkham, Gordon Kirkham, Rowan Davies, Chris Woods, Gary Crowe, Ross McMullen, Stuart Crichton, David Koch, Douglas Wight.

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