North Berwick Lifeboat Crew diverted from training to search for boat in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick Volunteer RNLI (Royal National lifeboat Institution) lifeboat were diverted from training on Wednesday evening (1st August) to a possible Mayday off Fidra Island.

Fidra Island, North Berwick

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

Fidra Island, North Berwick, Library photo

North Berwick lifeboat Evelyn M was carrying out routine training off North Berwick when they were requested by the Coastguard to carry out a search in the vicinity of Fidra Island. They were on scene very quickly and commenced a search of the area.

Enquiries were made with all vessels in the area including The Lord Nelson tall ship that was anchored off Craigleith. No other vessels had heard the mayday.

A thorough search of the area was carried out from Fidra Island all the way to the Bass Rock. There was no signs of any vessel in distress and the lifeboat was stood down by the coastguard.

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Rhona Meikle, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer North Berwick RNLI, 01620890084, 07767251023, rhonameikle@care4free.net

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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