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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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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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