Berwick upon Tweed RNLI first shout of the New Year

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick upon Tweed RNLI's first shout of the New Year came on the 4 January at 3.35pm from HM Coastguard UK, to launch the D Class inshore lifeboat, in order to assist a person who had become cut off by the rising tide a couple of miles up the river Tweed from the Estuary and lifeboat station.

At the Helm, Michael Percy along with, crew Robbie Skelly and Hugo Huges, made haste. There was a moderate North West wind and overcast sky with a temperature of two degrees and falling.

They arrived at the scene to find a farmer who had been out working.

Once they had the person on board, the crew sailed over to the river bank and handed them over to the awaiting Berwick Coastguard team.

Michael Percy as RNLI Helmsman said: ‘It has been very high tides this week, coupled with the river in spate following a period of heavy rain, may mean low lying areas may get submerged or cut off unexpectedly and fairly quickly. Extra care should be taken.

'The gentlemen did the right thing calling for help and not entering the water to reach safety, given the time of year, very cold temperatures and fast flowing water. A good turn out from our volunteer crew.’

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