North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat rescues windsurfer off Gullane during Storm Dennis

Lifeboats News Release

Just before 2pm yesterday, (Sunday 16th February) North Berwick RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crew launch during Storm Dennis, in winds gusting over 45mph to reports of a wind surfer in difficult off Gullane bay.

The North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer crew launched Evelyn M their inshore lifeboat after reports were received that a windsurfer was in difficulty off Gullane. His mast had broken and he was in the water drifting off shore with the wind gusting over 45mph. The crew made reasonable progress in the challenging conditions. The man was located and taken aboard the lifeboat, checked out and taken back to North Berwick.

Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer, said: “The surfer was incredibly well prepared, he was wearing a lifejacket, he had a mobile phone in his pocket with a personal location beacon in his other pocket. He was also wearing a thick wetsuit with hood and gloves. He had gone out to enjoy the conditions and was extremely unlucky that his mast broke. He had contacted his shore cover and let them know he was in difficulty then activated his location beacon.

"The lifeboat crew have incredible faith in their training, experience and equipment, this was all used yesterday in the conditions of Storm Dennis. We would encourage all water users to wear lifejackets and have at least one way of contacting help. If they can have someone watching from the shore even better.”

Notes to editors

· North Berwick lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: [RNLI.org.uk]

· A photo of NorthBerwick lifeboat can be viewed at: [North Berwick RNLI facebook page]

RNLI media contacts

Rhona Meikle, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, rhona_meikle@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

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Wave washing over the front of Inshore lifeboat Evelyn M

RNLI/NB Head camera

Storm Dennis and Evelyn M
Two crew at front of boat pointing at casualty

RNLI/North Berwick Helmet Camera

North Berwick Lifeboat Crew during rescue

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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