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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats called out twice in one day

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen Coastguard launched both Eyemouth inshore and all-weather lifeboat at 1:20pm on Wednesday 11 May 2016 after it was reported that a dog had gone over the side of a cliff and there were concerns for its owners.

The dog and its owners, were walking along cliffs to the north of St Abbs, when the dog went over the cliff and fell 120 foot.

Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched by Aberdeen Coastguard and quickly arrived on-scene.  Working with the Coastguard teams, the coastline was searched until the owners of the dog were found safe and well who then directed the lifeboat crew to the location of their dog.  Sadly, the dog did not survive its fall.

Then, just over 2 hours later, Aberdeen Coastguard requested that Eyemouth lifeboat launch to assist a yacht which was experiencing engine difficulties, 3 miles to the east of Eyemouth.  The lifeboat was quickly on scene and stood by the yacht, which was able to make way under its own power despite having a contaminated fuel supply.  The lifeboat escorted the yacht back to the safety of Eyemouth harbour, arriving just under an hour later.   Once the yacht was safely alongside, the lifeboat was stood down and was made ready for service.

Notes to Editors

• Eyemouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1876.
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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.

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