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Eyemouth lifeboats rush to help a dive boat

Lifeboats News Release

Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats and their volunteer crews were launched shortly after 10:45am on Saturday 3 September 2016 to go to the aid of a dive rib that had broken down.

The rib issued a Pan Pan call to say that it had broken down and still had four divers in the water.  Eyemouth all-weather and inshore lifeboats were quickly on scene, just to the north of St Abbs and the ILB took the rib in an alongside tow back to St Abbs.

The divers had already been recovered by local dive charter vessels and were then taken ashore by St Abbs Lifeboat, where they were met by Eyemouth Coastguard.

As one of the divers complained of feeling unwell, a paramedic crewman was transferred from Eyemouth lifeboat in order to administer casually care until the ambulance arrived.  The diver was subsequently airlifted by the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter to Aberdeen as a precautionary measure in order to be treated for suspected bends.

With no further assistance required, both lifeboats were stood down and returned to Eyemouth where they were refuelled and made ready for service again.

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For more information please email Eyemouth lifeboat press officer, Adam Ferguson, adam.ferguson@hotmail.co.uk or Richard Smith, Media Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336 789

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