North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat launch to vessel with engine difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.40pm on Thursday 21 February 2019 the volunteer lifeboat crew were paged in response to reports of a vessel having broken down off The Leithies.

Inshore RNLI lifeboat with 3 crew on board

RNLI/North Berwick

Library photo of North Berwick Inshore lifeboat.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) relief inshore lifeboat Ole Schroder was launched with 4 volunteer crew. The casualty vessel was quickly located drifting towards the Bass Rock. The vessel was a 4.7m Rigid Inflatable and was towed back to North Berwick Harbour. The two persons on board were both wearing lifejackets and had themselves contacted the Coastguard when they couldn’t restart the engine.

This was the first call out for one of the new crew members, David Freeman, he said afterwards 'It was good to start with a straight forward call out and get the chance to put my training into practice'.

If you see someone in difficulty at sea, dial 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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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.

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