Berwick upon Tweed RNLI assist two pleasure craft in one day.

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick RNLI launched on Saturday 12 October at 2.57pm.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Berwick ILB to the rescue

The crew received a call from HM Coastguard to launch the inshore lifeboat to assist a pleasure craft which was being towed off the estuary by a local sightseeing boat.

On arrival it was reported that the pleasure craft had developed engine problems, the crew then took tow and brought the vessel safely back into the estuary.

Berwick lifeboat crew had just let go of the tow, when they received a call to say another vessel was reported to be under tow by a fishing boat.

The inshore lifeboat returned to just off the pier head and stood by until the second vessel was safely brought back in to the estuary also.

Helmsman John Campbell said: 'It was a dry, sunny calm day and their were quite a few boats out it being a nice day. I think the importance of getting the lifeboat ready for service as soon as possible after a shout is paramount, this was highlighted today. This is where training kicks in as we were ready to assist the second vessel within three minutes.'

The lifeboat returned back to the station at 4.00pm and was made ready for service again.

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