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North Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew launch to kayakers in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were launched on Sunday 15 April to reports of a group of kayakers in difficulty, off the Leithies. A number of calls had been received reporting at least one kayaker in the water.

Lifeboat returning to station with kayaks on board.

RNLI/Yvonne Fairholm

North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched at 1.20pm and reached the kayakers within minutes. Two kayakers had already been taken aboard the Sea safari boat that had been passing and offered assistance. North Berwick Lifeboat crew picked up a further casualty from the water and put them aboard Sea safari along with a lifeboat crewmember that administered first aid. The casualties were conveyed back to North Berwick and treated for exposure to the cold.

North Berwick Lifeboat recovered the kayaks and took them back to North Berwick. The 5 other kayakers in the group were able to return to shore safely. They were all well equipped and had methods of contacting the coastguard to request assistance and did so at the first opportunity.

If you see someone in difficulty or require assistance at sea do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the coastguard. #respectthewater

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