The closure of the RNLI lifeboat station at St Abbs is another step closer after the charity gave the crew a firm deadline for them being taken off active service.
The Save St Abbs Lifeboat Campaign told their followers this morning: “It is with very heavy hearts that we have to inform you that our lifeboat operations manager, Alastair Crowe, got a phone call yesterday evening from the RNLI.
“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be informed next Tuesday,8th September,that at 9am on that morning, St Abbs Lifeboat Station will no longer be on active service.”
The RNLI has already stationed a new lifeboat at Eyemouth, two miles down the coast from St Abbs, ahead of the village station’s closure.
Crew committee member Euan Gibson, speaking after making a 450-mile round trip to Poole in Dorset to deliver a petition to RNLI headquarters, reaffirmed this week that the campaign to retain the station in St Abbs would go on “until the doors are locked.”
Any protest at this stage, he said, “would be a dignified affair, but not necessarily quiet.”
Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, reacted this morning by saying: “This is devastating news for the crew of the lifeboat and a sad marker in time for our maritime heritage across coastal Berwickshire.
“Alastair Crowe and his crew members have provided local communities with a life saving service and I not only pay tribute to them for that, but also for their passionate campaign to try and save the station which attracted overwhelming public support.”