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North Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew launched to investigate hazard to shipping

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched last Friday (15 April) to investigate a report of a hazard to shipping near the Bass Rock.

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched at 11.45 am at the request of Aberdeen Coastguard, in response to the report of an item floating on the surface of the water, near the Bass Rock.

The item was reported as being about the size of a fridge, difficult to see as it was almost submerged and could pose a hazard to shipping or other boat users in the area.

The lifeboat launched, with three volunteer crew members on board and was on seen in less than 15 minutes. The crew carried out a thorough search of the area and were able to confirm that the reported hazard was no longer present.

This launch enabled the crew to put into practice their training in executing search patterns, radio communications and for one crew member their first launch in response to his pager.

At  1.35pm Evelyn M and its three volunteer crew members returned to North Berwick lifeboat station. After being washed down and refuelled she was ready for service by 2.00pm.

This search was made possible through charity fundraising carried out by our dedicated fundraising team.

North Berwick & Gullane fundraisers will be present in the High Street, North Berwick and the Main Street, Gullane on Saturday 28 April continuing their work towards the Nationwide RNLI Mayday fundraiser running 26 April to 2 May 2016.

Photo shows North Berwick RNLI inshore lifeboat Evelyn M, launched to search for a hazard to shipping near Bass Rock. Credit Duncan Barbour, Sea Safety Officer.

RNLI media contacts:

Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, 

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, 

RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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