Weekend false alarm for St Abbs Lifeboat

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ST ABBS Lifeboat attended a false alarm on Sunday after reports of a man getting into difficulty by the sea.

The lifeboat was launched at around 7.55pm in response to a 999 call after witnesses heard someone shouting for help on rocks at Eyemouth.

The man was reported to be in trouble on rocks below Eyemouth Caravan Park and Forth Coastguard Maritime and Rescue Coordination Centre immediately paged the St Abbs RNLI crew for assistance in rescuing him.

The volunteer crew of St Abbs RNLI lifeboat were soon on the way to the casualty’s position. Once on scene the St Abbs crew were joined by Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat.

The crew could not see any sign of the man so they started searching the bottom of the cliffs.

Soon after Coastguard Rescue Officers from Eyemouth had two eyewitnesses confirming that they had seen the man walking towards the town. With this new information all Search and Rescue Units were stood down and returned to base.

St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Martin Galloway, said afterwards: “This was a very straightforward incident, however with the busy period fast approaching people should always be aware of the dangers of being near the cliff and incoming tides.

“If you see someone in trouble or think someone is in trouble please contact the Coastguard by calling 999.”

The lifeboat was washed down, re-fuelled and made ready for service by the volunteer shore crew 45 minutes after the incident had taken place.

Meanwhile the St Abbs RNLI Fundraising Branch is holding a Folk Night on Friday, July 13, with live music by Andrew Gordon.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Spar in Coldingham or St Abbs and Coldingham Post Office.

Tickets can also be purchased on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm and the event starts at 8pm.

For more information please contact Martin Galloway on 018907 71618.