Rescued diver on St Abbs lifeboat

St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station
St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station

The diver rescued by St Abbs lifeboat after her boat broke down has spoken of her appreciation for the service.

Elaine Whiteford, a qualified diving instructor from Stirling, was picked from the water off St Abbs last month, where she has been diving for more than a decade.

She said: “I was very grateful to the crew of the St Abbs lifeboat for coming to my assistance.

“St Abbs is a great attraction for divers not just because of its stunning underwater world but because of the expertise of its skippers and the facilities it has.”

She went on to stress the “reassuring” knowledge that the St Abbs lifeboat provides, especially to divers.

“The St Abbs lifeboat is core to those facilities and provides an immediate service if divers get into trouble. The crew know the dive sites and they know divers.

“Time in the water counts when there is an incident and it is very reassuring for divers to know that the St Abbs lifeboat is there and could be with anyone in distress in minutes.”

The future of the lifeboat station is up for discussion at a community meeting to be held tomorrow evening, from 6pm, at the Ebba Centre, St Abbs.