RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/12/2019 11:46

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to dual incidents

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.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland