Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crew saw an increase in callouts and rescues last year.
The town’s All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and In-shore Lifeboat (ILB) were called out a total of 33 times in 2016, a rise of 11 shouts from the previous year.
The crews rescued 23 people in total, 14 with the ILB and nine with the ALB. Of those rescued, just one was under 18. None of those rescued required medical attention from the volunteers.
Fourteen of the callouts took place in the dark, highlighting the 24-nature of the volunteer service.
The number of callouts for 2016 represented a five-year high in shouts for Dunbar.
The RNLI is using these rescue statistics to ask the public to make safety a priority, whether that means wearing a lifejacket, checking their vessel before they go afloat, knowing they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in the event of an emergency, checking the tide times before they set out, or staying away from cliff edges and unstable coastal paths.
Will Stephens, the RNLI’s Head of Lifesaving, said: ‘Once again we are extremely grateful for the dedication shown by our lifesavers. Our volunteer lifeboat crews spent over 228,869 hours at sea last year, but we really do see our rescue service as a last resort.
‘We’d really like to see people paying more attention to safety messages and giving the water the heathy respect it deserves. While we will always answer the call for help, myself and everyone within the RNLI would like to see people staying safer at the coast.’
Marine Conservation Society says that beach litter is at the highest level since records began
Litter is swamping our oceans and is washing up on beaches. It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is a hazard to our health and costs millions to clear up. There are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a beach. Marine wildlife gets entangled in litter and accidentally ingests it. Seabirds mistake floating plastic litter for food, and over 90% of fulmars found dead around the North Sea have plastic in their stomachs.
Plastic litter on beaches has increased 140% since 1994. Plastic never biodegrades. It just breaks down into small pieces but does not disappear. Microplastic particles are now found inside filter feeding animals and amongst sand grains on our beaches.
Litter comes from many sources - the public, fishing activities, sewage pipes and shipping, but it is all preventable.
STV were on site in March filming for The Peoples History show.
They were interested in the story of Black Agnes and her heroic defence of Dunbar Castle during a five month siege in 1338. The episode is due to be aired in the spring on STV.
Over the period January to March repairs have been carried out to the East Pier at Cromwell Harbour by contractor A G Thomson of Dunbar. The harbour dates back to the 16th Century with links to both Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.
Since then to the present day it has been a safe haven for the fishing fleet/leisure craft when the swell is too much in Victoria harbour. It is a Historic Scotland grade 2 listed structure. Following detailed inspection by Structural Engineers (Arch Henderson) three areas of the East Pier were identified that needed strengthening by grout injection into the core which involved 60 m3 of special grout and took 8 weeks to inject. The repairs were mainly around an area about half way out the east pier where it changes direction and close to the steps where Sir John Cope landed 2000 red coats in support of Bonne Prince Charlie in 1745 .
Funding has been provided by Historic Scotland, Viridor Credits and Marine Scotland at an overall cost of £100,000. This is all part of the Harbour Improvement Plan being coordinated by the Dunbar Harbour Trust. In the next couple of months further work to the walkway parapet & other areas around Cromwell will be carried out