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Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launch to Report of Youth Stuck on Cliff 28/03/19
Mar
28
6:08 PM18:08

Both Dunbar Lifeboats Launch to Report of Youth Stuck on Cliff 28/03/19

UK Coastguard alerted the volunteer crew at 6.08pm yesterday evening (Thursday) following a report of a young male stuck on the cliffs east of Winterfield golf course.


Three members of the crew were preparing the inshore lifeboat to launch on a regular training exercise when the pagers sounded so were in a position to rapidly launch the inshore lifeboat (ILB) at Dunbar Harbour. Within minutes the crew, joined by a fourth crewman, had located the casualty at the top of the cliffs close to Winterfield golf course. 


At 6.40pm the all weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from its mooring at Torness Harbour to assist from an offshore position. (The nature of the coastline in this area can often lead to restricted radio communications when close to the shore. In such a situation the ALB will act as a proxy to the ILB for radio communications.)


The casualty’s precarious position on soft ground towards the top of the cliff led to the decision to undertake recovery from above. With Police Scotland now on scene the crew stood by to assist where necessary while Coastguard crew from Dunbar and North Berwick arrived to skilfully perform the recovery.


A Dunbar RNLI spokesperson said, “The extremity of this situation was impacted not only by the height and condition of the cliffs but also by the fast approaching tide which would have cut off any exit from the cliff base. We would like to remind the public of the importance of checking tide times when accessing the coastline near to the cliffs, where possible it is advisable to stick to pathways and to avoid the temptation to climb the cliffs unless trained to do so and with the relevant safety equipment in place.”


At 7.06pm, following the safe recovery of the casualty, both lifeboats returned to their respective bases to be refuelled and prepped for continued service. 


ILB crew: Alan Blair, Chris Woods, Kieran Fairbairn, Nick Mailer


ALB crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gipper Ainslie, Alistair Punton, Kevan Jamieson, Iain McDougall, Rebecca Miller, Andrzej Hajduk, Quentin Dimmer


Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

Photo: Brian A Turner

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ALB Launched to reports of a boat adrift at Thortonloch
Jun
17
6:26 PM18:26

ALB Launched to reports of a boat adrift at Thortonloch

Aberdeen coastguard requested the launch of the ALB at 18:31 after a member of the public reported a boat which appeared to be adrift around 300 yards offshore at Thortonloch. The ALB launched from Torness harbour at 18:50 and upon reaching the casualty vessel, it turned out to be Charlie Pitcher, who is currently attempting to row solo around Britain.  Charlie had deployed his anchor with the intention of waiting out the weather before continuing on his journey.

The coxswain advised Charlie that although he was sheltered at that time, the weather was forecast to deteriorate and where he was anchored would not remain sheltered.  It was decided to take the boat under tow to Dunbar harbour to await the weather improving before continuing. Given the size of the vessel and the sea conditions, the ALB towed the vessel at around 6 knots back up to Dunbar, at which point the ILB was launched to take over the tow and bring the vessel safely into the harbour. 

After managing to borrow some fenders to allow the boat to moor outside another boat in the harbour without damaging the outriggers, the boat was made fast and the ILB returned to station.  

Both lifeboats were refuelled and ready for service at 20:50.

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ALB & ILB Launched to fishing vessel in difficulty
May
22
11:24 AM11:24

ALB & ILB Launched to fishing vessel in difficulty

Both the All Weather Lifeboat and the Inshore Lifeboat were paged this morning at 11:24 to go to the aid of a local fishing vessel, situated just off Torness.  The Selina May had lost steerage due to problems with her rudder.  Arriving on scene, the ALB took the fishing vessel under tow.  Due to the low tide in the harbour, the ALB and ILB stood by until there was sufficient water in the harbour for the fishing vessel.  At this point, the ILB took over the tow to assist the fishing vessel back into her berth and stood by while the skipper secured the vessel, prior to both lifeboats returning to station.  Both boats were refuelled and ready for service at 13:20.

Photo Credit (C) Nigel Millard
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ALB & ILB Launched to small pleasure craft East of Torness
Jun
3
9:13 AM09:13

ALB & ILB Launched to small pleasure craft East of Torness

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Last Tuesday morning both Dunbar lifeboats were launched to a small pleasure craft who was believed to have been about 4 miles east of Torness. The vessel contacted Aberdeen Coastguard with reports of engine failure with 2 persons on board. Once both lifeboats were launched the ALB arrived on scene first and conducted a shore line search as they were informed the casualty had anchored in a small bay for shelter.  After a long search the ALB had a visual of the casualty but due to the height of tide was unable to reach the vessel so the ILB proceeded to its location. Once on scene Dunbar’s ILB recovered the vessel and towed them out to safety were they transferred the 2 crew members to the ALB.


The inshore lifeboat then proceeded with the tow back to the Cove harbour, where Dunbar’s Coastguard team were waiting to assist with securing the vessel in the harbour. After the boat was secure the ILB then transferred the 2 crew members safely from the ALB to the harbour and to the waiting coastguard team.


Both Lifeboats then made their way back to station where they were refuelled and made ready for service again

ilb&alb tow job
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