North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat called out to clothes left at Old Pier.

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North Berwick RNLI lifeboat launched Thursday evening at 11.35pm

Dark background with a white flare showing the shadow of the inshore lifeboat searching the water.

RNLI/Rhona Meikle

A flare lighting up the water for North Berwick Lifeboat to search

North Berwick RNLI lifeboat launched Thursday evening at 11.35pm. A concerned member of the public reported they found clothing at the side of the water on the old pier. The lifeboat was launched to investigate.

A member of the public reported that they had been at the harbour at 10.00pm and the gate to the old pier was closed. He had returned about 11.15pm and the gate was open. He had walked down the steps to the pier and had discovered a number of items of clothing. In response he called 999 and reported the findings to the Coastguard.

The Coastguard then contacted North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Lifeboat. The volunteer crew members were paged and launched Evelyn M to investigate. Also in attendance was North Berwick Coastguard, Police Scotland and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.

The Harbour area and West bay out to Craigleith Island and as far as Lamb Island by the lifeboat crew using parachute flares to provide light. The rescue helicopter attended and expanded the search. A land search was carried out by North Berwick Coastguard. Nothing was found during the search.

Lifeboat Press officer Rhona Meikle said “ An extensive search of the area was carried out by our volunteer lifeboat crew, coastguard, police and the coastguard helicopter. This was as the result of genuine concerns reported correctly to the coastguard via the 999 system. It is now suspected that the clothing was carelessly left by teenage swimmers earlier in the evening and we would request people to be more careful when enjoying our beautiful coast line. “

If you see something that concerns you on or near the water please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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Rhona Meikle, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, rhona_meikle@rnli.org.uk

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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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