Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to unresponsive diver
Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched at 4:15pm on Sunday 9 June 2019 by the UK Coastguard following reports of an unresponsive diver onboard a vessel at St Abbs head.
Both boats were quickly on scene and transferred two crew from the ALB onto the dive boat to assist the casualty, along with St Abbs independent lifeboat crew who had also been launched.
The casualty, who was thankfully now responsive, was transferred to Eyemouth lifeboat by St Abbs lifeboat in order that they could be airlifted to Aberdeen hypobaric chamber by the UK Coastguard SAR helicopter.
Once the airlift was complete, Eyemouth lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.
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, 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.