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Dunbar RNLI Crews Assist Casualty Airlifted After Harbour Fall

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crews assisted a man who slipped and broke his ankle at secluded Cove Harbour yesterday (Wednesday)

UK Coastguard tasked both the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats at 12.40pm to the harbour, which is not accessible by road. The 50-year-old man was left stricken by the water’s edge, at the foot of the cliffs, after his fall.

Coastguard teams from Eyemouth, Berwick and Dunbar were also tasked to assess the best way to transport the casualty to medics who weren’t able to access the harbour. The coastguard also requested the rescue helicopter to help.

Both lifeboats faced a force 4 wind and waves of over 2ms and were on scene 40 minutes later. By then the man was being tended to by the coastguards and the RNLI volunteers assisted by providing pain relief and oxygen.

The man, from Methil in Fife, who turned 50 today (Thursday), had been holidaying in the area and was visiting the picturesque harbour when the accident happened.

Once it was established that the safest way to transport the man to paramedics was by air, a harness was fitted and the man was airlifted to the top of the cliffs.

Both boats were stood down at 2.15pm.

Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “Given the conditions and the fact the UK coastguard was able to attend it made sense to airlift the casualty. We were happy to assist and be on standby if needed.”

Photo shows helicopter taking off from Cove Harbour with casualty and winch man on winch.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

The casualty is airlifted by helicopter after breaking his ankle at Cove Harbour.
Photos shows the inshore lifeboat approaching Cove Harbour where coastguard teams assess the casualty.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

Dunbar's inshore lifeboat (ILB) arrives at Cove Harbour.
Photo show volunteers from both the inshore (ILB) and all-weather (ALB) lifeboats at Cove Harbour with the casualty and coastguards.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

RNLI volunteers assess casualty with a broken ankle.
Photo shows both the ILB and ALB returning to Dunbar.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

Both boats return to Dunbar.

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