A call with good intent for Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday evening (20 October) at 7.37pm, a call came from HM Coastguard for Berwick-upon Tweed to launch the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

The call was reported that a member of the public had spotted a person in the water along at the south end of Spittal beach, possibly wearing an orange life jacket.

Arriving on the scene only a couple of minutes from the lifeboat station, both volunteer crews commenced a sweep search of the area using parachute flares, spotlights and night vision equipment.

A large log was found floating in the water nearby, which was recovered by the inshore lifeboat crew, as it was deemed a hazard for other vessels and taken up onto the beach above the tide line.

Both crews continued their search for an hour, having found nothing the crew was then stood down by HM Coastguard. The call logged, as a shout with good intent.

All COVID-19 procedures were adhered to throughout the shout.

Both lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station and made ready for service.

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