A busy few days for Dunbar and Eyemouth lifeboats

Dunbar inshore lifeboat goes to the aid of a yacht stuck on rocks at the harbour entrance
Dunbar inshore lifeboat goes to the aid of a yacht stuck on rocks at the harbour entrance

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was launched around 10am on Monday, August 22, after the Dutch registered yacht, Blue Spirit, called for assistance.

The yacht was on passage from Peterhead to Holy Island when the winds dropped and its engine failed to start.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene, three miles north of Eyemouth and took the yacht under tow back to harbour where it was met by coastguards and the harbourmaster.

The crew were called out a second time that day, around 10.30pm, when the navigation and radar equipment on a 40 foot angling vessel failed. Those on board were unsure of its position, but thought it was 25 miles north east of Eyemouth.

The lifeboat was launched located them 15 miles from Eyemouth and escorted the vessel back to Eyemouth, arriving three hours later.

A training exercise for Dunbar lifeboat crew last Thursday turned into the real thing when the inshore crew were called to help a yacht, with one person on board, that had become stuck on rocks.

The crew connected a two rope to the masthead and pulled the yacht onto its starboard side to reduce the draught of the vessel. They managed to get it off the rocks and anchor safely outside the harbour.