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Mourning family visit Berwick-upon-Tweed Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

The family of the late John Thomson, his twin brother Lee and cousin Sarah visit Berwick lifeboat station.

Sarah Blyth & Lee Thomson family of John Thomson

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Donation from family of John Thomson
The family came to say thank you to the crew who attended a shout on 11 January to assist the UK Coastguard, Northumbria Police and Ambulance Service in the search for a missing person.

Sarah said: 'We can't thank the emergency services enough for retrieving John's body for us, I hate to think what it would be like had he not been found.'

John's twin brother said: 'I also thank all the emergency services, especially the RNLI crew who give their time free as volunteers.'

The family then presented the crew with £283.00 which was from the collection at John's funeral for Berwick lifeboat station to go towards buying equipment to help save lives at sea.

Helmsman John Campbell, who was part of the rescue said: 'On behalf of the station we thank you for your generous donation and we give you our condolences to you and the rest of the family.'

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