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North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat alerted to paddle boarders

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer crew were about to launch for training on Wednesday 9 August when a member of the public reported concern for two paddle boarders approximately a mile east of North Berwick.

North Berwick Inshore lifeboat Evelyn M with 3 volunteer crew on board

RNLI North Berwick

Evelyn M training

North Berwick RNLI inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched and reported the circumstances to the UK Coastguard. They immediately paged North Berwick Auxiliary Coastguard who attended the cliff area to gain a visual of the casualties.

North Berwick volunteer crew quickly located the paddle boarders. They were not in need of assistance and were happy to continue their evening's activities. The lifeboat crew returned to their training evening.

A North Berwick RNLI spokesperson said: “ If you think someone is in difficulty at sea do not hesitate, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

RNLI Media Contacts: Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023.

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