North Berwick RNLI crews launched twice on same day

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched twice on Thursday 3 August 2017

Evelyn M inshore lifeboat with Tula stricken vessel

North Berwick auxiliary Coastgua

At 3.06 pm, the inshore lifeboat, Evelyn M, with its’ crew of four volunteers launched in response to a report of a boat in difficulty at Canty Bay.

The vessel was a 16ft clinker built sailing boat called Tula. It had been making its’ way back to North Berwick when it was blown onto a rock. With the tide going out the boat was very quickly left on the rock. The North Berwick lifeboat crew conveyed the sole crewmember to dry land where North Berwick Auxiliary Coastguard met them.

The lifeboat then returned to station. Divisional Launching Authority Robin Attwood said: “I was afloat in my own boat when I heard Tula contacting the coastguard via VHF radio. I was nearby and could see Tula and what was happening. I contacted the Coastguard and authorised the launch of North Berwick lifeboat. I then stood by until they arrived on scene. It is always advisable if on the water to carry a VHF radio or mobile phone, in case you need to summon assistance.”

At 9.15pm, North Berwick lifeboat volunteer crew launched. The UK Coastguard received a call about another vessel being in difficulty at Canty Bay, with a fouled propeller. This was a local vessel that had gone to assist in the recovery of the Tula as the tide had raised enough to float it off the rock.

The vessel with the fouled propeller was taken in tow by North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M and returned to North Berwick Harbour.

A lifeboat spokesperson said: “It’s not often that we get called out twice in the one day. However, we encourage people to contact the UK Coastguard to report any persons they think are in difficulty by dialling 999.”

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