North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat alerted to paddle boarders
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 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.
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.