Lifeboat assists distressed diver

ST Abbs RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out at the weekend following reports of a diver calling for help off St Abbs Harbour.

At 6.25pm on Saturday, September 17, the lifeboat crew were paged for an immediate launch to a diver that looked to be in distress at the back of St Abbs Harbour.

Once the crew arrived on scene they soon found a diver slumped over a rock in an area known as ‘Mawcar Rock’. The casualty was totally exhausted and unable to swim back to the shore because of a strong current flowing.

It was decided to leave his equipment on the rock and go back for it once he had been taken back to the lifeboat station. The diver was then checked over and warmed back up.

If you ever see someone in trouble at sea or you’re not sure if they are in trouble always phone 999 and ask for the coastguard who will task the relevant RNLI lifeboats.

The RNLI will treat every distress call as genuine and the volunteer crews will always turn out night or day.