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August 6, 2018:  Dunbar’s lifeboat crew rescued a German yacht owner whose engine failed early-morning. The yacht Optimist B became stranded without power or wind a mile north of Torness Power Station. The all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched from its mooring at Torness at 7.07am and within a few minutes had reached the yacht.

The 74-year-old skipper of the 40ft yacht had been sailing single-handedly from Dusseldorf around the UK since May and was on passage to Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth when he suffered technical difficulties. After assessing the situation, the lifeboat crew set up a tow to Dunbar Harbour for repairs.





Thankfully, this callout ended safely but the RNLI Respect the Water campaign reminds people going out on the water alone to:

  • Carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.

  • Wear an appropriate flotation device, such as a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

  • Tell someone ashore of your plans and what time you expect to be back.

NOTE: Lifeboat Day Update:  Money collected from all sources £14,500. A big 'thank you' to all.


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