St Abbs gets new lifeboat

St Abbs lifeboat crew will be back on duty next year with a new independent rescue boat

St Abbs lifeboat crew will be back on duty next year with a new independent rescue boat

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A new St Abbs lifeboat should be on the water next year thanks to a major financial donation by Thomas Tunnock & Sons Ltd.

After the RNLI decided to close St Abbs lifeboat station in September, the crew and local residents took matters into their own hands and the appeal to raise the initial £250,000 needed to buy a boat, equipment and medical supplies, has been successful in less than two months

Announcing the approach from Tunnocks, of Tunnocks teacakes and caramel wafer fame, Alistair Crowe, the lifeboat appeal chairman said: “This is a highly significant development and the emergence of Tunnocks as a major donor has unanimous support from the community of St Abbs. On behalf of the St Abbs Community I would like to express my sincere gratitude not only to Tunnocks, but also to all our other donors both big and small.

“We look forward to becoming an operational lifeboat station at St Abbs again as soon as arrangements can be put in place, which will include a new purpose built boat.

“There are details still to be agreed with Tunnocks, which will include the name of the new lifeboat, and a further announcement will be made in due course.”