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Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick Volunteer RNLI (Royal national Lifeboat Institution) Lifeboat crew were tasked on Thursday 2 August to concerns for a woman in the water at Gullane beach as she was in the water trying to rescue a dog.

Evelyn M on service, library photo

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

Evelyn M on service, library photo

North Berwick Lifeboat volunteer crew launched Evelyn M at 9.35 am and were tasked to attend Gullane Beach. The coastguard had received reports that there was a woman in the water attempting to rescue a dog. Whilst en route information was received that the female had made it ashore without the dog. North Berwick Lifeboat continued until it was confirmed that the dog had made it safety back to shore unaided. North Berwick lifeboat stood down and returned to station.

North Berwick Lifeboat Safety Officer said “ The RNLI will attend reports of persons and animals in the water if you have concerns please call 999 and report them the coastguard. In this case as often happens the dog made it back to shore unaided. Please do not enter the water, call 999 and keep the casualty in sight as this can save valuable time once the lifeboat is on seen. “

RNLI media contacts

Rhona Meikle, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer North Berwick RNLI, 01620890084, 07767251023,

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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