Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to assist suspected trapped dolphin
Following an urgent request from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team for assistance with a suspected dolphin or porpoise entanglement, both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched at 9:25pm on Saturday 5 August 2017, with a BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic on-board.
In failing light, both lifeboats carried out a thorough search of the Fort Point area where the entanglement was reported, checking all creel ends for any signs of anything in distress.
As darkness fell, and with nothing found, both lifeboats stood down and returned to station. It is hoped that the dolphin or porpoise managed to free themselves and swim clear.
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.