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Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats search for overdue kayaker.

Lifeboats News Release

Due to concerns being raised for an overdue kayaker, who had left Burnmouth earlier that day but had not yet returned, both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched by the UK Coastguard at 20:37 on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

The inshore lifeboat carried out a thorough search of the coastline from Eyemouth to Burnmouth, whilst the all weather lifeboat searched further offshore. Local Coastguard teams also commenced a shore based search.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat located the casualty and kayak onshore approximately 400 metres north of Burnmouth, CPR commenced immediately.

The casualty was transferred to a stretcher and taken by the inshore lifeboat to Burnmouth harbour, where they were handed over to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Tragically, an update was received that the casualty had not survived.

The thoughts of everyone at Eyemouth lifeboat station go out to the family at this very sad time.

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