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Dunbar RNLI ILB Crew Come to Aid of Rock Fall Boy

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out yesterday (Sunday June 25) after a boy fell approximately 15ft off rocks by the town’s harbour.

The crew were paged by UK coastguard at 5.35pm following a request from paramedics on scene attending to the 11-year-old who had slipped between 10-15ft from a ledge on rocks near Johnston’s Hole, at the back of the harbour wall.

Coastguard teams from Dunbar and North Berwick were also in attendance, as were fire brigade crews from Dunbar and East Linton and police.

The inshore D-class lifeboat (ILB) David Lauder launched at 5.45pm and was quickly on scene. Two volunteer crew went ashore to assist medics and provided a neck brace to help stabilise the casualty.

ILB helm Alan Blair said: “Owing to the tricky location of the casualty and the fact that we were dealing with an incoming tide, on the advice of the paramedics on scene, it was decided the safest option was to move the casualty by lifeboat to where he could be better assessed by medics.”

The crew provided a basket stretcher and, with Dunbar Coastguard, helped transfer the casualty to the waiting lifeboat. At 6.15pm, he was brought back round to the harbour and passed to the Scottish Ambulance Service crew.

If you see anyone in trouble in or around the water call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Notes to editors

Photos available (credit: Dunbar RNLI):

Image 1: The D-class inshore lifeboat launches from Dunbar Harbour at around 5.45pm.

Image 2: The ILB arrives on scene moments later.

Image 3: The casualty is transferred to the lifeboat to take him to the waiting ambulance.

RNLI media contacts

Douglas Wight, Dunbar RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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The D-class inshore lifeboat launches from Dunbar Harbour at around 5:45pm

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The ILB arrives on scene moments later

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The casualty is transferred to the lifeboat to take them to the waiting ambulance

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