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North Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew launched to recover a researcher from an island

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch at 2.50pm on Thursday 10 August, to assist in the recovery of a researcher on Craigleith Island as the weather forecast had deteriorated.

Inshore lifeboat with Craigleith Island in the background

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

North Berwick Inshore lifeboat Evelyn M heading for Craigleith Island

Due to the movement of the water it had become difficult to get him off the rock.

North Berwick Lifeboat RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched with a crew of three aboard and was quickly on scene. The researcher had been on the Island for a few days carrying out some research. The forecast changed for the worst and he needed to be brought ashore.

Due to the versatile nature of the North Berwick inshore lifeboat and its’ trained volunteer crew the casualty was easily removed and conveyed to another vessel that was standing by to take him back to North Berwick Harbour.

If you need assistance at sea contact the coastguard at the earliest opportunity. Time can make all the difference when saving lives at sea.

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

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