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Eyemouth RNLI volunteers rescue lone yachtsman from sinking boat.

Lifeboats News Release

The boat owner struggled to call for help.

A capsized yacht a mile and a half off Eyemouth. The lone yachtsman was rescued by Eyemouth RNLI volunteers


Eyemouth RNLI volunteer crew were involved in a multi-agency search and rescue on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

The lifeboat was launched shortly after 2.15pm to search for a small pleasure boat which had capsized about 1 1/2 miles from Eyemouth harbour.

The lone yachtsman had managed to right the boat and climb back in but was unable to bail out the water and had become very cold. His radio had become wet and was not working properly so he struggled to communicate. Luckily, Eyemouth Coxswain Andrew Jamieson heard muffled cries for help over the radio and the lifeboat was launched.

The volunteers brought him aboard the all-weather lifeboat 'Helen Hastings' and brought into Eyemouth lifeboat station where the crew gave him casualty care. He was then transferred over to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

St Abbs independant Lifeboat towed his boat safely back to St Abbs harbour where it had travelled from.

On standby were Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance - SCAA.

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Eyemouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1876. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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