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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