Dunbar Lifeboats Launched to Paddle Boarder in Difficulty
Dunbar RNLI volunteers launched both lifeboats on Saturday (February 23) after reports of a lone paddle boarder in difficulty near Thorntonloch.
UK Coastguard paged for the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats at 3.55pm after a member of public raised the alarm. The crews launched minutes later and both boats were on scene by around 4.15pm to begin a search.
The crews spotted a person on rocks near Thorntonloch Beach and with assistance from UK Coastguard teams from Dunbar and North Berwick and members of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, established this was the casualty who had managed to make their own way to the shore.
The paddle boarder, who had got into difficulties after being blown away from shore, did not require medical treatment. Both crews were stood down shortly after.
An RNLI spokesman said “Stand up paddle boarding or SUP is fun in flat water or surf and can be enjoyed by the whole family but this incident highlighted the potential risks.”
The RNLI advises paddle boarders to:
· Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. Don't leave the house without a mobile phone or communication device.
· Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out - they can change quickly.
· Avoid offshore winds.
· Always go with a friend.
· Wear a suitable personal flotation device.
· Wear suitable clothing for time of year.
· Always wear your leash and hold onto your board if you get into trouble - it will help you float.
· Consider other water users by learning the rights of way in the surf. This can save you and others getting injured.
· Get the appropriate level of training.
A RNLI spokesman added: “Our advice to members of the public is if you see someone in danger or something of concern on the water, cliffs or shoreline call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Key facts about the RNLI
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 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.