North Berwick Lifeboat Crew assist in Multiple agency rescue of two persons

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) Volunteer crew responded to page at 1236am as two persons had fallen about 25ft from the cliffs below the Glen Golf Course.

Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 199 hovering over scene.


Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 199 hovering over scene.

Police Scotland were first on scene and requested a multiple agency response as two persons had fallen down a cliff.

North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M with a volunteer crew of 4 persons, launched and was on scene within minutes. North Berwick Auxiliary Coastguard were the on scene command. Coordinating the RNLI, Fire and Rescue, Rescue Helicopter (Rescue 199), Emergency Medicine Advanced Trauma Team, Medic1, Scottish Ambulance service with Special operations response team (SORT), Police Scotland and North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat.

North Berwick Lifeboat assisted with the treatment of one casualty who had sustained minor injuries as a result of falling from the cliff. He was later taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in an Ambulance. The second casualty was in a much more serious condition with a head injury, he was treated at the bottom of the cliff by Coastguard and paramedics including their SORT team. He was evacuated by being winched into the helicopter. Prior to being flown to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary he was assessed by Medic 1 and accompanied during the journey by one of their staff.

Rhona Meikle (North Berwick Lifeboat Press Officer) said “This was a large multi agency rescue operation, this shows the close working relationship we have with each other, through training and practice. I would also like to repeat the advice given by North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team that we would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone, we have a vast coastline, with many areas to explore which we encourage, however, the coastline can be unforgiving and dangerous, especially in the hours of darkness. Please ensure you are aware of your capabilities, have suitable equipment and a means of calling help.

Many of these agencies will be at North Berwick Lifeboat Fete on Anchor Green, North Berwick on Saturday 28 July at 1pm please come and visit us. The RNLI is run completely on fundraising and donations by the public.”

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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