North Berwick Lifeboat launches during storm to search for overdue kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer crew launched on Friday evening during the storm to the report that kayakers had failed to return to shore.

Route North Berwick Lifeboat Evelyn M searched for kayakers

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

Route North Berwick Lifeboat Evelyn M searched for kayakers

North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M was launched just before 1030pm during the lightening storm as a member of the public had contacted the Coastguard to report that they had seen a number of kayakers go out to sea but that they had become concerned. The weather had worsened with thunder and lightening but they had not seen the kayakers return.

North Berwick lifeboat carried out a search of the area from North Berwick harbour to the Bass Rock and back around Craigleith. They were stood down just before midnight, once it had been confirmed that the kayakers had returned to shore prior to dark.

If you are concerned by anything you observe at sea please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Time can be critical.

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

Coastguard vehicle lit up by lightning

North Berwick Coastguard/Jamie Humpage

Coastguard vehicle lit up by lightning

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