Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to dual incidents

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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was launched by the UK Coastguard at 5:10pm on Thursday 11 April 2019 after a member of the public reported a sailing dinghy had capsized near Fort Point, Eyemouth.

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was launched by the UK Coastguard at 5:10pm on Thursday 11 April 2019 after a member of the public reported a sailing dinghy had capsized near Fort Point, Eyemouth, and its single occupant required assistance. St Abbs independent lifeboat was also launched.

Eyemouth lifeboat was immediately on scene and its volunteer crew helped right the craft and ensured its occupant was safe before escorting the dinghy back to Eyemouth. During this time, the lifeboats were alerted to a second incident at Coldingham beach.

Two crew were transferred to St Abbs lifeboat and both lifeboat crews went to assist the casualty and administer casualty care. Eyemouth’s inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist as well as the ALB which acted as VHF communications bridge with the UK Coastguard.

Lifeboat and Coastguard crews worked together to ensure the casualty was stable and once they had been transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service, the crews were recovered from the beach following which, all three lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, around an hour after the initial call.

RNLI/Eyemouth

Sailing dinghy being righted

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