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Dunbar Lifeboat Crew Rescue Children Cut Off By Tide

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s RNLI volunteers rescued two girls cut off by the tide at the town’s East Beach on Wednesday, July 14.

The girls, aged 13 and twelve, became stranded in a rising tide and called the coastguard for help at 4.35pm.

The crew were paged and the inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched minutes later, arriving on scene just behind the old harbour at 4.45pm.

Finding the girls unhurt but cold and up to their thighs in water, they walked the lifeboat towards them and then helped the children aboard. After providing them with life jackets they returned them safely to the harbour at 5.05pm.

ILB helm Alan Blair said: “The girls were a little embarrassed but they did the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard, especially with the tide still rising. It’s good to see our safety message is getting through.”

If you get into trouble in the water or see something else suspicious call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

The ILB crew launched at 4.43pm following the report of the girls cut off by the tide.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

Crew member Kieran Fairbairn helps one of the girls aboard.

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