Fellow charity urges RNLI to reconsider

St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station
St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station

The RNLI has been invited to rethink its decision by a fellow charity operating on the Berwickshire coast.

This week Simon Skinner, chief executive for the National Trust for Scotland, wrote to his counterpart at the maritime charity, chief executive Paul Boissier.

The letter reads, in part: “On behalf of the Trust I am writing to express our deep concern over this decision.

“As the chief executive of a charity myself, I can well understand the RNLI’s need to improve operational efficiency.

“However we do not think the proposed closure, and subsequent reliance on an Eyemouth-based lifeboat, is appropriate.”

He concluded: “In short my colleagues and I are greatly concerned that the lifeboat reaction time would be substantially reduced in an increasingly busy area, thereby leading to potentially tragic outcomes.

“We would therefore like to invite you to reconsider your decision about the St Abbs lifeboat.”