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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI assist fund raiser for the RNLI and MIND

Lifeboats News Release

Both Berwick lifeboats were launched at the request of the UK Coastguard on 23 September at 6.40pm after receiving a call that a rowing vessel was trying to enter the estuary at the end of the pier in less than favourable conditions.

The Spirit of Ahab at Berwick-upon-Tweed

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Fund raising for RNLI & MIND

Both lifeboats stood by whilst the rower Andy Hodgson attempted to enter the estuary, unfortunately it was not possible. The rowing vessel The Spirit of Ahab is attempting to sail around the UK to raise money for the RNLI and MIND.

Coxswain Ally Laing said: 'Whilst ensuring the safety of the vessel we unfortunately could not physically intervene as this would invalidate Andy's rowing attempt.

'Due to tidal conditions and ground swell after further discussion with Andy he decided to anchor in the bay and continue his journey to Holy Island later that night. Berwick RNLI wish Andy the best of luck for his remaining journey.'

You can follow Andy's journey at: http://www.roundbritainrow.org/

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