Angler airlifted from Eyemouth rocks after 999 call

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An angler cut off by the tide on rocks near Eyemouth was rescued by airlift on the night of Wednesday, June 16.

The UK Coastguard received a 999 call at around 9.40pm, from a member of the public saying that they could see an angler on the rocks who was completely cut off by the tide, with waves reaching up to four meters in height around him.

The Coastguard sent the two RNLI lifeboats from Eyemouth as well as Coastguard Rescue Teams from Eyemouth and Berwick to the area.

When they arrived on scene it was clear that the conditions were too rough for either the Coastguard Rescue Teams or the Lifeboats to get to the angler. The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Prestwick was then called to airlift the angler from the rocks.

The angler was airlifted from the rocks and was able to make his own way home.

Jolene Smith, senior maritime operations officer with UK Coastguard, said: “As he was being rescued the waves around him were reaching three to four metres in height and there is no doubt he was at risk of being washed off the rocks. He was wearing hi-visibility clothing that meant we were able to locate him quickly. It really also critical for rock anglers to check weather conditions and tide times before heading out.”

The UK Coastguard recommends that anglers in addition to hi-vis clothing, wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and carry some means of communication for alerting the emergency services. Fortunately, in this case, the angler was spotted by a member of the public when it was clear he was in danger. If you think you see someone in danger along the coast or at sea please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.