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Seahouses RNLI lifeboats called to assist dive boat with nine missing divers

Lifeboats News Release

At 1:22pm on Thursday 29 July 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses lifeboats, to assist a dive boat which had reported nine missing divers.

Seahouses ALB John and Elizabeth Allan

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses ALB John and Elizabeth Allan
The vessel was approximately 3½ miles off the coast between Seahouses and Beadnell and had come from Eyemouth.

The inshore lifeboat was launched first and made best speed to the casualty vessel’s position, and the all-weather lifeboat followed, having to do a low water launch due to the state of the tide.

A local fishing vessel had also come to assist the dive vessel. The dive boat was able to recover four of the divers after a short search, and the fishing vessel located the other three a short while later.

The lifeboats were then released and returned to station.

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses ILB Grace Darling

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