Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats investigate pram found at foot of cliffs
Following reports to the UK Coastguard by the crew of a trawler who had spotted a pram at the base of cliffs, both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched at 4:40pm on Tuesday 25 July 2017 to investigate further.
Both lifeboats were immediately on scene at Fort Point, just to the north of Eyemouth, quickly locating the buggy at the base of the cliffs. Due to concerns for the welfare of a potential casualty, the buggy was recovered from the rocks by the crew of the inshore lifeboat and transferred to the all-weather lifeboat, with both lifeboats then carrying out a thorough search of the surrounding area.
UK Coastguard cliff rescue teams from Eyemouth and Berwick were also on scene, directing the lifeboat crews to items of interest from the cliff tops. The search was also joined by St Abbs Independent lifeboat.
As the search progressed, information was received that the buggy had actually been thrown over the cliffs as a prank. With no further cause for concern, all rescue services were stood down.
Both Eyemouth lifeboats then returned to station and handed over the child’s buggy to the waiting Police unit, before being refuelled and made ready for service, around 90 minutes after the initial call.
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.