North Berwick RNLI crews launched twice on same day
North Berwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched twice on Thursday 3 August 2017
At 3.06 pm, the inshore lifeboat, Evelyn M, with its’ crew of four volunteers launched in response to a report of a boat in difficulty at Canty Bay.
The vessel was a 16ft clinker built sailing boat called Tula. It had been making its’ way back to North Berwick when it was blown onto a rock. With the tide going out the boat was very quickly left on the rock. The North Berwick lifeboat crew conveyed the sole crewmember to dry land where North Berwick Auxiliary Coastguard met them.
The lifeboat then returned to station. Divisional Launching Authority Robin Attwood said: “I was afloat in my own boat when I heard Tula contacting the coastguard via VHF radio. I was nearby and could see Tula and what was happening. I contacted the Coastguard and authorised the launch of North Berwick lifeboat. I then stood by until they arrived on scene. It is always advisable if on the water to carry a VHF radio or mobile phone, in case you need to summon assistance.”
At 9.15pm, North Berwick lifeboat volunteer crew launched. The UK Coastguard received a call about another vessel being in difficulty at Canty Bay, with a fouled propeller. This was a local vessel that had gone to assist in the recovery of the Tula as the tide had raised enough to float it off the rock.
The vessel with the fouled propeller was taken in tow by North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M and returned to North Berwick Harbour.
A lifeboat spokesperson said: “It’s not often that we get called out twice in the one day. However, we encourage people to contact the UK Coastguard to report any persons they think are in difficulty by dialling 999.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.