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Missing ‘Swimmer’ Search for Spearfisher 29/5/19

Dunbar RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew joined the search for a sea swimmer reported missing on Wednesday afternoon (May 29).

Concerns were raised after a man was seen entering the water near Barns Ness lighthouse at around 12.30pm but had not returned to his vehicle by 3pm. 

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Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched shortly before 3.10pm, was on scene in five minutes and began a coastline search from Barns Ness towards Torness. The volunteer crew was joined by lifeboats from Eyemouth and St Abbs, as well as Coastguard teams from Dunbar, Berwick, Eyemouth and North Berwick. The Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter was also tasked. 

The ILB was heading west of Barns Ness to continue the search at around 4.15pm when one of Dunbar lifeboat’s shore crew, who had gained access to the lighthouse, spotted someone in the water at Whitesands beach. The lifeboat crew established this was the missing person. He had been spearfishing and although he had lost track of time was in no difficulty.

The crew passed on safety advice that applies to anyone planning to swim, snorkel or spear fish – to, where possible, notify the coastguard and tell someone your plans and what time you are expected back. 

The ILB crew then returned to Dunbar Harbour and by 5pm the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service.

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Adrian Lavery, Douglas Wight