North Berwick RNLI launch to rescue three persons on broken down boat

Lifeguards News Release

At 3.38pm yesterday (23 December), North Berwick Volunteer RNLI crew were paged to launch to a boat that had suffered electrical failure and was located near to the Bass Rock with three persons on board.

The volunteer crew of four launched inshore lifeboat, Evelyn M and located the casualty vessel soon after. After checking over the three persons on board, the lifeboat towed them back to North Berwick.

The persons rescued had been intending to head home prior in the daylight after a day out fishing. However, on realising that their electrics had failed, they immediately requested assistance - actions commended by the volunteers of North Berwick RNLI.

The vessel was easily located prior to nightfall and towed back to North Berwick as it got dark.

The North Berwick RNLI Community Safety Officer Duncan Barbour said: 'If you experience difficulties at sea please call 999 and request the coastguard, always wear lifejackets and have a plan for if things do not go according to plan'.

RNLI media contacts

Rhona Meikle, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Two crew members in lifeboat next to broken down vessel.

RNLI/Station Helmet camera

North Berwick Lifeboat with casualty vessel
Helm driving boat that is towing broken down vessel

RNLI/Station Helmet camera

Helm driving lifeboat that is towing casualty vessel.

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