Dunbar Volunteers Respond to Kayaker in Distress

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked to assist a kayaker in trouble near Skateraw early this morning (June 20).

Dunbar’s ALB boarding boat crew assist in the recover of the kayak during this morning’s incident

RNLI/Duncan Binnie

Dunbar’s ALB boarding boat crew assist in the recover of the kayak during this morning’s incident

UK Coastguard paged for the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) at 6.44am after receiving a report that the kayaker had fallen into the water while fishing half a mile off shore.

As the ALB prepared to launch from Torness Power Station at 7.05am, two crew manned the boarding boat to try and locate the casualty. The kayaker had been assisted by a passing angler who spotted the man clinging to his craft and helped him aboard.

The boarding boat crew escorted the boat to the shore and assisted in helping the man reach waiting coastguard teams from Dunbar and North Berwick. Although extremely cold and shivery, he was assessed by a Scottish Ambulance Service crew and appeared to be otherwise unhurt.

The lifeboat crew helped recover the man’s kayak and at 8am were stood down by UK Coastguard.

A Dunbar RNLI spokesman said: “Although the kayaker was well-equipped he had been in the water for sometime and was initially reluctant to call for help. We would urge anyone in difficulty in or near the water to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Stay safe. Protect others. Save lives

As we move into phase two of restrictions in Scotland we would like to remind boat users to be prepared before returning to the water.

As your boat has been sitting idle for the last few months, please ensure you have good fresh fuel in the tank and that your water and oil is at the correct level.

Always check the weather forecast and sea conditions before you set off.

Always wear a lifejacket. If you fall into the water unexpectedly, you’re four times more likely to survive wearing one.

Always carry a means to call for help.

And do not put yourself, your family or the emergency services at risk.

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