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North Berwick Lifeboat crew rescue two kayakers

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Matthew Gibbons
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at North Berwick.

Start quote'Both casualties were lucky that members of the public spotted them and called 999.End quote

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Lifeboats News Release

  • Date:
    18/08/2014
  • Author: Matthew Gibbons

The volunteer crew at North Berwick Launched their D Class Inshore Lifeboat, the Evelyn M to reports of two casualties in the water.

The crew were paged by Aberdeen Coastguard at 1:27pm on 17 August 2014 after staff at a nearby visitor attraction had spotted two kayakers in difficulties after a capsize. The lifeboat was launched and was quickly on scene carrying out a search of the area.

The crew spotted one casualty in the water who had been separated from his kayak after capsizing. Once he was on board the crew established the location of the second casualty, who was attempting to paddle the two kayaks back to shore. The crew took both casualties on board the lifeboat and with the kayaks in tow, headed back to station whilst assessing the casualties. Once back on shore both casualties were treated for the effects of the cold and given safety advice.

Helmsman, Niall Grant said: 'Both casualties were lucky that members of the public spotted them and called 999.

'When you set out to sea it is important to have a way of contacting the coastguard should you get into difficulties, always check the weather forecast and tell someone ashore about your intentions.'

The crew at North Berwick are all volunteers, like many of the RNLI stations around the coast. The RNLI is a charity and relies on voluntary donations to save lives. North Berwick Lifeboat are holding a silent auction of £3500 worth of Optical Express Laser Eye Surgery with all proceeds going to the RNLI. If you're interested you can place your bid by visiting the following link (http://bit.ly/1oiUXTN), the auction closes midnight on the 14th of September, 2014.

North Berwick Coast Guard Rescue Team were also in attendance. Crew: Niall Grant, Matthew Gibbons and Steven Selby.

Photo: Screen Grabs from helmet camera footage of the rescue, available from the RNLI Media Centre

Station contact: Matthew Gibbons, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer for North Berwick (volunteer), 077687352007 north-berwick@rnli.org.uk

RNLI media contacts:

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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