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Dunbar Lifeboat Launched to Paddle Boarder in Difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers came to the aid of a stand-up paddle boarder who got into difficulty off Belhaven Beach on Sunday, July 24.

Photo shows a stock image of Dunbar's inshore lifeboat (ILB) launching from the harbour.

RNLI/Douglas Wight

ILB launching from Dunbar Harbour

UK Coastguard paged the crew at 4pm following fears the woman was in danger of being blown out to sea.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) crew launched five minutes later and were quickly on scene. They helped the woman on to the boat and took her back to shore.

ILB helm Alan Blair said: “We were able to come to the paddle boarder’s aid and no harm was done but when there’s an offshore breeze take care, know your limits and make sure you take a buoyancy aid and a means of calling for help if you get in trouble. Please also wear an ankle strap so you don’t lose your board if you do end up in the water.”

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