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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.