North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat rescue broken down RIB of North Berwick.
North Berwick RNLI Volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a broken down Rigid Inflatable (Monday 26 March), with one person drifting off North Berwick.
North Berwick RNLI Volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a broken down Rigid Inflatable (Monday 26 March), with one person drifting off North Berwick. The passenger had telephoned to request assistance after his engine broke down and he began drifting out of control.
North Berwick RNLI inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched at 5.50pm and reached the broken down boat within minutes. The stricken vessel was taken undertow and returned to the West Bay, North Berwick.
The Evelyn M launched with a volunteer crew of four. This included two new crewmembers and this was their first official rescue.
The North Berwick RNLI Community Safety officer, Duncan Barbour said “ At this time of year, there is an increased risk of needing rescued if you haven’t checked and serviced your boat after being laid up for winter. If you are unsure what is required check with a recognised marine engineer or contact your local RNLI lifeboat station for advice.”
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