Lifeboats called to the rescue

St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboats
St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboats
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Berwickshire’s lifeboats were busy last week, called out to assist an angler stuck on rocks and a boat, with a fouled roped, that was drifting towards rocks.

St Abbs inshore lifeboat was launched on Sunday, April 13, just after 1pm to go to the assistance of an angler who had become stuck on a cliff in the St Abbs area.

Eyemouth lifeboat stood by as two crew from the St Abbs lifeboat went ashore and assisted the angler, taking them back to the safety of St Abbs harbour.

Six days later Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was in action again as the holiday season gets underway after a quiet winter.

This time the volunteer crew were called out at lunchtime on Saturday, April 18, to assist an 18 metre vessel whose propeller had become fouled on a rope and was in danger of drifting on to nearby rocks.

The 18-metre vessel, Spirit of Kathlyne, with two people onboard, was in its final approaches to Eyemouth harbour when a rope fouled its propeller, and the vessel became in danger of drifting on to nearby rocks.

The lifeboat was on scene within minutes and set up a towline. The crew managed to free the vessel from its tether then tow it to the safety of Eyemouth harbour.

Once the vessel was safely alongside, the lifeboat was stood down, 40 minutes after the initial call out.

RNLI lifeguards are once again patrolling Coldingham Sands following the success of the service being introduced last summer.

Last year the beach at Coldingham became the first in Scotland to have RNLI trained lifeguards during the bathing season, and they were called on to help with five incidents, 44 minor first aid treatments, and four missing people.