Extra protection for lifeboat crew members

Eyemouth lifeboat fundraiser to provide crew members with individual personal locator beacons
Eyemouth lifeboat fundraiser to provide crew members with individual personal locator beacons

Eyemouth lifeboat crew members should soon be a lot safer when answering an emergency call as they are all being provided with a personal location beacon (PLB)

The Eyemouth lifeboat fund raising group have been busy fundraising to provide the crew with this essential piece of safety equipment and almost £1500 of the £2500 needed has already been raised.

All funds raised at the annual ‘Lifeboat Day with a difference’ on Saturday, August 23, will go towards buying the PLBs.

Ian Waddell, chairman of Eyemouth lifeboat management group, explained: “All money raised that day will be used to purchase Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for the Eyemouth Lifeboat crew. These PLBs will give extra protection to crew members on search and rescue missions in all weathers, day and night.

“If a crew member is swept overboard his PLB will be activated and will transmit a signal to satellites which can accurately pinpoint the crew member’s position and trigger a rescue.

“Our volunteers are well trained but these PLBs can help ensure that all of our crew return home safely after every rescue.

“We have raised almost £1500 of the £2500 that is needed for this worthwhile cause from local donations and we are hoping that, with the public’s support, we can raise the rest of the money on Saturday.”

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulates the use of the beacons at sea. The beacons broadcast a signal that allows the search and rescue services to home in on the exact position and once a lifeboat or helicopter is within a few kilometres of the individual, a dial onboard will point to their position.

Lifeboat day kicks off with a coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall from 9.30am-11.30am, organised by the crew. Then from 2pm to 5pm there will be a ‘Boats and Brass’ event in the Old Fishmarket on Harbour Road.

There will be rowing skiff races, kayaks, rib trips and demonstrations by the lifeboat in the inner harbour while under cover of the fishmarket Reston Concert Band will entertain. There will be plenty of interest for all the family: teas, coffees, home baking; local coastguard members explaining their role in coastal safety; plus sea safety information and lots of stalls.