North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat diverted from training to concerns at Seacliff

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Lifeboat was taking part in a routine training night when it was diverted to investigate the report of a possible upturned boat with persons in the water at Seacliff.

Evelyn M on exercise library photo

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

Evelyn M on exercise library photo

A routine training exercise for North Berwick Volunteer lifeboat crew on Wednesday 15 August changed when concerns were reported to the Coastguard for a possible upturned boat and persons in the water off Seacliff. The crew on board inshore lifeboat, Evelyn M immediately attended the area and easily located 3 persons snorkelling with a paddleboard. As soon as the crew established that it was a false alarm, they returned to their training exercise.

If you see what you think is someone in difficulty in the water call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. www.respectthewater.com

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

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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, in a normal year, 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.

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