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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI has a busy week

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick RNLI have been called on three times in one week.

The crew answered their pagers on Tuesday 21 November at 2.58pm where they were asked to be at the ready to go to Holy Island as a car had been reported stranded on the causeway, but were eventually stood down as they weren't needed. The lifeboat then returned back to the station and got ready for service again.

HM Coastguard then requested the launch of the All-weather lifeboat on Friday 24 of November at 12.33 whereby crew helped tow in a fishing boat with engine failure at the mouth of the Tweed, back into the Berwick Quay.

The third shout for the week was on Saturday 25 of November at 2.26pm where crew received a call from HM Coastguard to be ready to assist the North East Ambulance Service as a man had collapsed on the beach to be at the ready to assist if they could not get him off the beach. The man was safely removed from the beach and taken to hospital via ambulance, so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, whereby it was washed down and got ready for service again.

No matter how many shouts Berwick RNLI have, the volunteer crew is at the ready when the pagers go off day or night, to save lives at sea and they are always happy to assist any other of the Emergency services.

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