Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday) to assist UK Coastguard and the Scottish Ambulance Service with an injured person at Skateraw Harbour, just south of Dunbar.
Having been informed by the Coastguard that a shore fisherman had slipped and was suffering from a suspected broken leg, the volunteers prepared their medical equipment and were making way to Skateraw just five minutes after the pagers had initially sounded.
Upon arrival the crew were able to assist with the safe extraction of the fisherman to the waiting ambulance over some extremely slippery rocks.
A short time later the ILB crew returned to Dunbar Harbour where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service.
Thankfully the fisherman had a means of calling for help as well as being with friends at the time of the accident. This incident offers a sharp reminder of how unpredictable the coastline can be and how quickly a leisurely Sunday afternoon can change.
Remember to let someone know if you are exploring the coast alone and always carry a means of calling for help.
Crew: Gaz Crowe, Alan Blair, Jamie Forrester, Andrzej Hajduk