Aug
6
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).

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(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.

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(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.

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(Pic: Nick Mailer)

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

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(Pic: UK Coastguard)

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(Pic: Nick Mailer)

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

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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. 

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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
Jul
28
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
Jul
26
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. 

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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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Jul
11
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.

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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.

Crews:

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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Jun
30
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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Jun
17
6:11 AM06:11

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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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

Crews:

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

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

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May
17
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. 

Crews:

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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May
15
to May 16

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

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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
Dec
27
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.

Crews:

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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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Oct
17
2:23 PM14:23

Both Dunbar boats called to children cut off from tide

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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. 

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

ILB: Gary Crowe, Rowan Davies and Rebecca Miller

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Sep
20
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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Aug
21
4:50 AM04:50

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

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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
Jul
31
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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Jul
8
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.”

 

Crew:

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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Jul
4
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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Jul
1
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.

Crews:

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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Jun
30
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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Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

ALB In Attendance for Helicopter Rescue 28/6/17

Dunbar’s lifeboat crew joined the rescue response after five people were cut off by the tide at Pease Bay on Wednesday.

 

The alarm was raised just after 6pm after two adults and three children were spotted in trouble on rocks to the north east of the holiday park. Dunbar’s all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched and was on scene at 6.30pm.

By then one of the adults and the three children had made their own way to safety up the rocks. One man however was still stranded in rising seawater.

As the lifeboat crew assessed the situation, they were joined by UK Coastguard teams from Eyemouth, North Berwick and the area manager from Edinburgh.

Dunbar RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn explained: “The remaining casualty had entered the water and had tried to swim to safety but hadn’t made it back to the beach and was still cut off.

“Our initial plan was to launch our small inflatable ‘XP’ boat but difficult weather conditions and the fact that the rescue helicopter had already been tasked meant it was safer for us to wait for it to arrive. We called to the man over the tannoy to wait where he was and help would soon be here.”

The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter arrived at 7pm and quickly winched the man to safety.

Shortly before 7.30pm the crew of the ALB John Neville Taylor were stood down by the Coastguard and returned to Torness where it was refuelled and readied for service.

 

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainsley, Alistair Punton, Alan Blair, Gary Crowe, Jamie Forrester, Gordon Mackay, Stuart Crichton

Photos: Gary Crowe

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Jun
21
3:50 PM15:50

Dunbar Volunteers Race to Aid Stricken Fishing Boat 21/6/17

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called to assist a fishing boat that suffered engine failure this afternoon (Wednesday).

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The three Lithuanian crew of the unnamed vessel got into difficulties outside Torness harbour at 3.50pm. They were initially helped by the passing boat Jacob George whose crew tried to tow them towards Torness.

However the crew of the fishing vessel wanted to aim for nearby Skateraw beach but instead drifted onto rocks west of the shore.

Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Jimmy Miff was launched and arrived on scene at around 4.10pm. The volunteers found the men trying to guide the boat ashore, with one crew member up to his chest in water. The lifeboat crew helped them get the boat on the trailer and safely ashore, while UK Coastguard shore crewmembers were there to supervise.

The ILB then returned to Dunbar and by 4.50pm had refuelled and was ready for service.

 

Crew: Gary Crowe, Quentin Dimmer, Douglas Wight

 

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Jun
5
6:54 AM06:54

ILB Called to Assist Injured Woman 5/6/17

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Dunbar Crew Assist in Recovery of Injured Woman

Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crew came to the assistance of an injured woman at the bottom of cliffs near the town’s castle rocks on Monday morning.

Following a request from UK Coastguard to assist emergency services already tending to the 43-year-old female, the crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Jimmy Miff arrived on scene, close to Dunbar Leisure Pool, at 6.59am. 

The woman had suffered several suspected injuries and after being assessed by ambulance service medics, assisted by members of the coastguard, it was decided to recover the woman via the lifeboat.

After retrieving a suitable rigid basket stretcher, the crew assisted in recovering the woman safely to the ILB and returned to the harbour where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance at 7.19am.

On a lighter note, the crew were then immediately tasked to investigate a seemingly un-manned boat that was drifting in the harbour. After launching again, one of the volunteers boarded the boat and discovered two crewmen sleeping inside, unaware their vessel had slipped its mooring.

Grateful for their early morning wake-up call, the men, on passage from Fraserburgh to the Isle of Wight, moved their boat to a safe berth.

By 7.40am the ILB was returned to the boathouse and ready for service.

 

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Rebecca Miller, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight

 

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First shout of 2017 for Dunbar Lifeboats 18/04/17
Apr
18
8:50 PM20:50

First shout of 2017 for Dunbar Lifeboats 18/04/17

Both Dunbar ALB and ILB lifeboats were tasked for the first time in 2017 last night (18/04/17).

Responding to a request at 8.52pm from the UK Coastguard that a person was suspected of entering the water near the town's East Beach, volunteer crews launched both the inshore and all weather lifeboats within five minutes.

However, just moments after launching, at 8.58pm both assets were stood down by the Coastguard, with police and ambulance crews on scene.

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All weather lifeboat launched to a fishing vessel tail tied 01/12/16
Dec
1
6:14 AM06:14

All weather lifeboat launched to a fishing vessel tail tied 01/12/16

Credit: Gaz Crowe

DUNBAR volunteer crew had a rude awakening on Thursday morning when their pagers sounded at 6.14am after a fishing boat had become tail tied in its own nets.

The all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched minutes later to assist the stricken vessel Spitfire, which was drifting six miles north of Torness.

Credit: Gaz Crowe

On reaching the Spitfire a tow was quickly established with its three man crew. The lifeboat began towing the boat back to Dunbar but the state of the tide meant they faced a five hour wait until it was safe to enter the harbour.

 Credit: Kenny Maulie

Credit: Kenny Maulie

The lifeboat crew manoeuvred the Spitfire to a safe berth at around 12.40pm before returning to Torness where it was refuelled and readied for service.

The latest shout was also notable for being coxswain Gordon Mackay's first at the helm.

Gordon said: "As always, the crew are happy to help and it was great to see so many bright and early - one crew member was even still in his pyjamas."

 

Crew: Gordon Mackay, Gary Fairbairn, Alistair Punton, Gaz Crowe, Jamie Forrester, Ross McMullen, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight

 

Credit pictures below: Gaz Crowe & Kenny Maulie

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Crew Called to Help People Stranded by Tide 18/9/16
Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Crew Called to Help People Stranded by Tide 18/9/16

Dunbar lifeboat crew rushed to the aid of two people caught out by the tide this afternoon (Sunday).

The alarm was raised when the two females were stranded by high water, cutting them off from the shoreline at Belhaven Bay, at 4pm.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched and was on scene within minutes. Crew found the two stuck on a small piece of ground that had not been submerged at high tide. Both were taken by lifeboat to the shore. There they were met by Coastguards and police and were reunited with other members of their party who had also been cut off but had managed to walk back to their car at John Muir Country Park.

The ILB returned to Dunbar Harbour where it was refuelled and readied for service.

Crew: Gordon Kirkham, Rowan Davies, Adrian Lavery, Douglas Wight

 

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Dunbar Crew Come to the Rescue of Kayakers
Sep
17
5:15 PM17:15

Dunbar Crew Come to the Rescue of Kayakers

Dunbar's volunteer lifeboat crew came to the rescue of two kayakers in trouble near Belhaven Bay on Saturday evening.

The alarm was raised when a member of the public spotted two women in the water struggling with their kayaks shortly after 5pm. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Jimmy Miff was launched and by the time the crew was on scene one woman had managed to get back on her kayak but the other was having difficulty amid the rocks not far off shore from the town's Winterfield Golf Course.

Two of the crew entered the water to help the women into the lifeboat. The women were then rushed in the ILB to Dunbar Harbour where they were checked over by ambulance staff. The kayaks were also recovered and returned to the harbour.

Although both women were well equipped, Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the incident highlighted the importance of the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign and in particular the ability to raise the alarm when in trouble.

Gary said: "We want people to enjoy the water but when things go wrong it's very important to be able to raise the alarm. In this case a member of the public spotted the danger and we were able to respond. However, we urge all kayakers to prepare for every eventuality and call for help if in trouble."

The ILB was returned to the boat house and by 6.30pm was refuelled and ready for service.

Crew: Gordon Kirkham, Rowan Davies, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight

  

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ILB Responds to Reports of Red Flares
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

ILB Responds to Reports of Red Flares

DUNBAR volunteers were paged on Friday night after receiving reports that a red distress flare had been seen east of Torness towards Cove.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) responded and carried out an extensive search of the shoreline and coastal area but found nothing untoward.

The crew returned to Dunbar Harbour where the boat was refuelled and readied for service.

 

Crew: Alan Blair, Rowan Davies, Adrian Lavery , Chris Woods,

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Dunbar all weather lifeboat launched to assist fishing vessel 14/9/16
Sep
14
7:50 AM07:50

Dunbar all weather lifeboat launched to assist fishing vessel 14/9/16

Aberdeen coastguard paged the volunteer crew of the Dunbar all weather lifeboat this morning at 07:50 after a local fishing vessel had become tail tied in there fishing equipment 5 miles nor east of Dunbar harbour. 

The crew made the 6 mile journey by the station land rover to Torness and quickly launched the all weather lifeboat (ALB) and made best speed towards the casualty. Once on scene a tow was quickly passed over to the fishing vessel and began the journey back to Dunbar harbour.

Due to the state of tide at the time the lifeboat had reached Dunbar, it was not possible to enter with the fishing vessel in tow, so had to proceed towing the vessel along the coast until such a time it was safe to enter the harbour.

After towing for a couple of hours it was deemed safe to attempt entry into the harbour where Dunbar coastguard team were on hand to assist on tying the vessel up safely. A short period after Dunbar's ALB returned to Torness where it was made ready for service.  

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Gordan Mackay, Iain McDougall, Gaz Crowe, Rebecca Miller, Chris Woods. 

 

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Training Exercise Turns into the Real Thing for Dunbar Volunteers
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

Training Exercise Turns into the Real Thing for Dunbar Volunteers

A training exercise turned into the real thing for Dunbar lifeboat volunteer crew when a yacht became stuck on rocks tonight.

The crew of Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) had launched for training when it was diverted to the entrance of the town’s harbour where the yacht, with one person on board, was stuck.

With an ebbing tide and low water at 9.28pm, the volunteer crew reacted quickly, connecting a towrope to the masthead before pulling the yacht onto its starboard side to reduce the draught of the vessel.

They eventually managed to get the yacht off the rocks and helped it safely anchor outside the harbour.

The incident was a timely reminder for any yacht crew visiting new harbours to always check the tide times and use an up-to-date almanac.

Crew: Gaz Crowe, Rebecca Miller, Chris Woods and Rowan Davies

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Dunbar Volunteers Join Two Other Lifeboats and Helicopter in Search
Aug
5
3:30 PM15:30

Dunbar Volunteers Join Two Other Lifeboats and Helicopter in Search

Dunbar volunteer crew today (Friday) joined lifeboats from North Berwick and Kinghorn and a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in a search after a windsurf board was found drifting in the Firth of Forth.

The alarm was raised at 2.17pm and North Berwick’s D class in-shore lifeboat (ILB) was launched following a report that the unmanned board, which was missing a sail, was floating in the water four miles north west of the East Lothian town. A search of the area failed to find any person or equipment connected to the board.

 

 

By 3.30pm Dunbar’s all weather lifeboat (ALB) and Kinghorn lifeboat crew, as well as the Rescue 999 helicopter from Prestwick, Ayrshire, were also called to assist in the operation. An exhaustive search of the area, taking into account wind and tide, turned up nothing suspicious. On inspection it was concluded that the board was old and did not have fittings that suggested it had been used recently for windsurfing. At 5.15pm the coastguard stood down all assets.

 

Crew from Dunbar ALB John Neville Taylor recovered the board and returned to Torness where the lifeboat was refuelled and readied for service.

Crew: Mark Anderson, Rowan Davies, Gordon Kirkham, David Kittrick, Ross McMullen, Alistair Punton, Douglas Wight

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Dunbar ILB Rescues Holed Boat From Rocks
Jul
31
12:35 PM12:35

Dunbar ILB Rescues Holed Boat From Rocks

Dunbar volunteer lifeboat crew today raced to the rescue of a small fishing boat that ran onto rocks outside the town’s harbour.

The unnamed vessel had lost power, was holed on its starboard side and had drifted onto the rocks at Johnston’s Hole. The alarm was raised at 12.35pm and within five minutes Dunbar’s D class in-shore lifeboat (ILB) Jimmy Miff had reached the stricken vessel.

When the volunteer crew arrived, they found one of the men in charge of the vessel on the rocks holding the boat from drifting further. A second man was still inside the boat. The pair said they had only launched to go fishing half an hour earlier when they were caught out by a fast moving tide. As they tried to stop the boat hitting the rocks their engine failed, forcing them to ring Dunbar Harbour for help.

The ILB crew moved the boat off the rocks, towed the boat safely back to the harbour and helped it onto a trailer. Water was clearly running from holes in the starboard side once it was lifted from the harbour.

 

Neither man was wearing a lifejacket, although one insisted he was wearing a flotation aid and said there was one jacket on board. The men were also without a VHF radio and had relied on a mobile phone to raise the alarm.

Dunbar lifeboat coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the call out showed how vital it was for anyone taking to the water to make sure they had the right equipment and knew what to do in an emergency situation.

Gary said: “It’s important people not only take lifejackets, but wear them. They should have a working VHF radio to alert the coastguard in times of trouble or dial 999 in an emergency, rather than calling the harbour. The RNLI’s ‘Respect the Water’ campaign is all about raising awareness of safety – and today’s incident highlights just how vital it is that people take the right precautions.”

After the incident the ILB returned to the boathouse and was refuelled and ready for service within twenty minutes.

 

Crew: Alan Blair, Jamie Forrester, Douglas Wight

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