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North Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew launched to investigate reports of yacht adrift

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North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer lifeboat crew launched just before midday on Tuesday 17th October to a number of reports of a yacht drifting towards Gullane Point.

Yacht lying on its side with heavy seas in the background.

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Vessel that was reported drifting after it ran aground at Gullane Point

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer lifeboat crew launched just before midday on Tuesday 17th October to a number of reports of a yacht drifting towards Gullane Point.

North Berwick RNLI in shore lifeboat Evelyn M with 4 crew members on board launched at 11.50am and reached the yacht in approximately 20 minutes. The yacht had been blown ashore at Gullane Point.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew carried out a shoreline search of the immediate area for any casualties. This was negative for any persons or signs of persons. The description of the vessel matched that of a yacht that was missing from Dalgety Bay and suspected to have broken it’s mooring during storm Ophelia.

Once the Coastguard was satisfied that no lives were at risk North Berwick Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

North Berwick Lifeboat Helm Niall Grant said “ It is important if members of the public have concerns about persons or vessels at sea that they immediately dial 999 and report them to the Coastguard. This enables concerns to be investigated thoroughly.

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