The UK Coastguard called on Dunbar’s RNLI volunteers to join a search at about 4.35pm after a vessel was found unmanned, floating about a mile north-east of Torness. Both the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats began extensive searches of the area at 5.05pm and were joined by colleagues from St Abbs, as well as the rescue helicopter and local fishing vessels. Mr. Gray had fallen overboard from his single-handed vessel, ‘St. Peter’, LH22.
A spokesman for Dunbar Lifeboat said: “Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the person involved. We would also like to thank the fishing vessels who helped enormously with the search operation.” The body of Peter Gray, whose family live locally, was located at about 6pm by the rescue helicopter, Rescue 199 from Prestwick. The crew of the ALB recovered his vessel and brought it to Dunbar Harbour, where police began conducting inquiries into the incident.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Peter Gray and our whole fishing community at this very sad time.
On Wed 5th May many sharp showers marched across the bay, displaying the phenomenon called virga; this photo shows clearly that these virga showers don’t reach the surface as they evaporate on the way down. It happens quite often in places like Denver, USA but not so often here.
In meteorology, a virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation falling from a cloud, evaporating (sublimating) before reaching the surface.
Relaxing of the Covid levels allowed the restart of many Sea Cadets activities. The instruction was by Sea Cadets Executive Officer (2nd in Command) Petty Officer (SCC) Sophie Kaszuba and supported in the water by Civilian Instructors David Dunbar and John Montgomery.
Everyone was having fun, inside and outside, our three harbours: kayaking, power-boating, paddle-boarding and sailing.
Dunbar’s harbourmaster, Quentin Dimmer, has agreed to keep aside ropes, nets and other selected plastics to help supply Ocean Plastic Pots. Quentin says, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Ocean Plastic pots - Plant Pots made in Scotland from 100% Rope & Fishing Net. Helping reduce marine pollution and our aspiration of becoming a truly zero-waste harbour, it's a win/win - buy your pots and support this exciting new business.” https://oceanplasticpots.com
Additionally Belhaven Lobsters states, “Today we finally got the chance to meet Ally from Ocean Plastic Pots. These fantastic flower pots are manufactured from recycled fishing ropes and nets and as we aim to reduce waste associated with the fishing industry, teaming up with Ally seemed like a no-brainer. These materials would have otherwise ended up as landfill or flotsam. After initial discussions, we were delighted that we could aid in the link-up between Ocean Plastic Pots and Dunbar Harbour".
RNLI’s Gary Fairbairn said, “The boat that went away is our station boat that's not performing as it should be, so it’s heading back to HQ at Poole to get checked out. The replacement is from the relief fleet so comes to stations that need replacements at short notice.”
Big Blu Sea is open now, most days 12.30 -- 8pm, wx allowing. Chris Percy-Davies opened the weekend of 14 th May.
Ideal foodie day:
Moules (superb cream sauce with pepper) and frites at Big Blu Sea
Ice cream at the SnoCream Ices van
Coffee and more at Tasty Toastie
Take home fresh fish from Bisset’s Fish van.
“Bon appetit!”. Photo by Kenny Maule
Open Doors Weekend, 29 and 30 May (9am to 5pm) Be quick -- that’s this weekend!
The Harbour Chapel is an intimate, non-denominational, wedding venue for up to 110 people. The spectacular church space and elegant reception bar is perfect for weddings, ceremonies and celebrations, providing the truly unique experience of getting married and then celebrating in an atmospheric and historic space lit by magnificent, stained-glass windows.
Beautiful banqueting tables can seat up to 70 for dining and a further 40 guests can join the evening celebrations. The chapel is soaked in history and retains all its original features; the scallop-shelled oak pulpit, balcony and ornate Victorian stained glass windows all contribute to creating this special sense of place.
This beautifully restored Historic Wesleyan Chapel is the oldest in Scotland and dates back to 1764. John Wesley preached here on twenty-one occasions and in 1770 he wrote: “In the evening I preached at the new house at Dunbar, the cheerfullest in all the Kingdom”
On 18 August 2019 about 70 miles north-east of Fraserburgh, the UK-registered trawler, Ocean Quest, sank as a result of an engine room flood. The source of the flood has not been determined however it was almost certainly a result of shell-plating or hull-weld failure. The crew tackled the flood with fixed and portable pumps but were not able to get the situation under control. The alarm was raised as soon as the flood was discovered. The crew were well-prepared for the abandonment and all were rescued safely by a coastguard helicopter.
Flooding presents an immediate threat, and every effort must be made to pump out the floodwater. In this case, the crew followed their onboard routine for bilge pumping, which meant that sea suction valves were left partly open. This potentially restricted the bilge pumps’ effectiveness and, although this procedure may have been appropriate for bilge pumping, it was not appropriate during an emergency.
Training and drills help to prepare for emergencies. Ocean Quest’s crew had conducted regular abandon-ship drills so were well prepared for that phase of the emergency, and all were rescued safely.
Ultrasonic hull thickness measurement is only a sampling process and does not provide 100% coverage, so is not guaranteed to detect all areas of erosion.
Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club launched just after midnight when Covid rules allowed ‘contact sports’ to resume.
Dunbar were the first skiff at sea out of the 150+ skiffs in Scotland. Our two skiffs rowed across Belhaven Bay, following the new moon to find the Poo Buoy, disturbing a few sleeping birds. Rowing in the dark between the rocks is good fun and gave a beautiful dark night punctuated by the ISS, clear stars and a long, eerie, illuminated streak of Starlink satellites (see next article)
Astronomers have compared these satellites’ appearance to a "string of bright pearls" moving steadily across the sky, with each launch containing some 60 satellites. Twenty-seven batches of Starlink satellites have been launched so far, with plans for them to eventually form a 12,000-strong constellation.
The streams of satellites are visible, high in the sky, for about 8 minutes, concentrated during the first hours then diverging slowly. For the next ‘ghostly visitation’, search
Fit Form has been holding outdoor classes at the Battery recently, but now indoor fitness classes are also back!
Laura says, “I am delighted to confirm that I will be returning to my indoor venues from 17 May - however outdoor bootcamps will still be on my class schedule at our fabulous new venues in East Linton and Dunbar. All COVID-19 guidelines are strictly adhered to for each class, making them as safe as possible for everyone involved. Laura has been a fitness coach for ten years, qualified in CYQ Level 3 Personal Training, Level 2 Exercise to Music and Level 2 Gym Instructing, and Active IQ Level 3 Exercise Referral and Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation. Phew!
Goldfinch from Ipswich, a very new yacht, visited Dunbar Harbour for a couple of days. Their plan is to round Scotland this summer, overwintering in Largs marina and continuing back to Ispwich in 2022. Good luck with the Pentland Firth!