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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