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

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI launched the D-Class Vi and Charles Hogbin inshore lifeboat on Friday 16 July at 5.04 pm.

Inflatable Unicorn recovered

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Unicorn rescued

This was to assist HM Coastguard who had received a call from a member of the public to say they had spotted an object, query vessel adrift, with what looked like someone sitting on it or, clinging to it. The sighting was seen south of the old lime kilns at Cocklawburn beach which is approximately four miles south of Berwick lifeboat station.

The lifeboat crew arrived quickly on the scene and began an organised search of the area, where they recovered an inflatable unicorn ring.

The crew continued to search around the area and having found nothing, they were then stood down and made their way back to the lifeboat station. The lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service. The called was logged as a call with good intent.

The person spotting the inflatable did the correct thing in calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

At this time of year with the school holidays and people flocking to the beaches, it so easily could have been a person in danger.

The RNLI wish everyone to have a safe and happy holiday, for further information on Beach Safety, follow the RNLI on the their web page,

RNLI Picture captions

Helmsman Robert Frost, with crew brothers Steven and Michael Percy on returning to station after shout.

The inflatable unicorn recovered by crew

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For more information please contact Hazel Bettison, RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on: 07944 757578 or email

Further contacts: Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer (North East and East) on: 07824 518641 or email

Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North East and East) on: 07810 658072 or email

Crew recover Unicorn Inflatable Helmsman Robert Frost and brothers Michael and Steven Percy

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Crew recover inflatable

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