Midnight call for Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched by the UK Coastguard shortly before midnight on Saturday 19 August 2017, after it was reported that a casualty was in the water.

Following concerns from Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service for the safety of a woman who had entered the water at Eyemouth beach, both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched by the UK Coastguard to assist.

Immediately arriving on the scene, the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat carried out a search and quickly spotted the woman in the water, struggling to swim, around 150 metres from the shore. The crew recovered her from the sea and took her back to the lifeboat station where she was handed over into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police and Coastguard teams.

With no further assistance required, both boats were stood down and made ready for service again.

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