St Abbs volunteers rescue diver

St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboat in the background.

St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboat in the background.

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The volunteers of St Abbs RNLI station, which is due to close this summer, were on hand to rescue a diver in difficulties just outside the village’s harbour.

Volunteer committee member Euan Gibson described how he happened to see divers struggling to pull one of their company out of the sea, at around 6.45pm on Saturday evening.

“The alarm was raised,” said Euan, “And I called Paul the helmsman, but I got his wife who told me Paul had already seen the divers, and was on his way.

“I grabbed three other volunteers from a gathering in the village hall, and we got down there in under four minutes.

“The team was down there even before their pagers had gone off.”

The diver was given oxygen at the harbourside, before being taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by helicopter.

The incident occurred just 24 hours after the village assembled for a meeting to discuss the future of its lifeboat.