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21/3/20 “Dunbar lifeboat crew launched this morning at 2.30am (editor: yes, 2.30am while you were fast asleep) to a report of a person in the harbour. A man, aged around 30, had entered the water believing there to be a person in trouble aboard a small pleasure craft moored in the harbour. As the lifeboat prepared to launch, the man managed to get out of the water unaided.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) searched the boat, the harbour and the surrounding area but found no trace of anyone else in the water or in trouble. Meanwhile, the shore crew established that the man was clearly in an inebriated and confused state and had mistaken the reflection of street lights on the boat for someone signalling for help. Fortunately, he was unhurt and did not require medical treatment.”

A spokesman for Dunbar Lifeboat said: “We urge anyone who believes there to be someone in trouble in the water to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water. It only puts yourself and potentially others in danger.”

The man was sent on his ‘merry’ way with his friend responsible for looking after him.

photo by Kenny Maule

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