Divers want to see St Abbs lifeboat succeed

Alistair Crowe, Rachel Crowe and Euan Gibson from the St. Abbs independent lifeboat and Carol Wood, Dave Lock and John Cook from iDive
Alistair Crowe, Rachel Crowe and Euan Gibson from the St. Abbs independent lifeboat and Carol Wood, Dave Lock and John Cook from iDive

A group of divers have shown their support for St Abbs independent lifeboat by passing on a British Sub Aqua Club expedition grant that had been awarded to them.

The Thomas Tunnock lifeboat has already rescued three divers since the crew took delivery of the new boat and the British Sub Aqua Club are only too well aware of the need for a rescue boat as close to the St Abbs marine reserve as possible due to its popularity with divers.

Divers from the Ipswich Sub Aqua Club, iDive, presented a cheque for £250 to the volunteer run St Abbs independent lifeboat. The club is celebrating its 60th anniversary and was awarded the funds after an expedition to Holland.

“We saw the sad remains of many lives lost in the early weeks of World War 1 during the dives on these historic wrecks and we want to ensure that St.Abbs is able to provide a much needed life saving service with this new service,” said iDive chairman, John Cook.

“The new voluntary service has managed to get its lifeboat on the water, but it will need a steady stream of funding to keep going. The diving community needs to keep behind the service,” he added.

Chair of the St Abbs lifeboat, Alistair Crowe said: “We are absolutely amazed at the fantastic support the service has had and every donation makes a difference.

“St Abbs is a very popular dive location and we have already rescued three divers in the last couple of weeks even though we have only just officially launched our new boat.”