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Quick Response and launch by Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 10 June at 6.39pm Berwick-upon-Tweed launched the inshore lifeboat within seven minutes, to reach a kite surfer in difficulty at the mouth of the river Tweed.

Weather conditions were a south east wind force 4/5, with good visibility and the tide nearing high water.

Helmsman Robbie Skelly, along with crew Amy Faragher and Steven Percy, reached the scene to find the surfer had managed to get back to the beach.

Robbie Skelly said: 'We checked to make sure the surfer was safe, unharmed and his kite recovered. With no further help needed, we headed back to the station. It was a good quick response to the pager and fortunately there were no injuries.'

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