Berwick upon Tweed RNLI assist in searching for missing Paddle Borders

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard UK requested the assistance of the RNLI D-Class Vi and Charles Hogin inshore lifeboat at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 July 2021.

The lifeboat crew were asked to assist in searching up the river Tweed for a group of missing Paddle Borders who had not checked in with a family member. The family member was worried having phoned HM Coastguard UK.

The river Tweed being a tidal river was low, which meant the crew could only sail the lifeboat up at certain parts, then had to walk the boat over the shallow parts, whilst scouring the river on both sides looking for the missing people.

On reaching the Yarrow Corner about a mile up river, HM Coastguard UK radioed the crew to say that the group of missing people had been located safe and well, standing down the search.

This was an excellent example of how two emergency services can work together to search the land and water to trace missing people quickly.

Like the Paddle Borders, always tell someone where you are going and what time you will check in. The family of their loved ones did the correct thing in raising the alarm.

Never hesitate to raise the alarm by calling 999 and asking for HM Coastguard, if you have concerns for overdue loved ones.

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