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Recently Davy, Rob, and Quentin 'plowtered aroon' in Cromwell (Old) Harbour at low tide. Someone parted company with their wellies! There is often a danger of getting stuck in mud so prepare with spreader-boards, a rope attached, and a mate with a (fully-charged) mobile phone! This photo shows how much danger you find so very close to help which may not be able to reach you. I know as I've been in a similar predicament, alone in Cromwell harbour. Fortunately "I wiz hingin' on like a daftie tae ma faithful wee boat" (and luckily no cameras present).

photo by Kenny Maule

Click <READ MORE> to see a more-serious incident. Conway Daily Post photo of a mud rescue at Conwy. The RNLI soon arrived to effect the rescue in time (phew!). "The tide was rising fast around them; by high tide there would have been metres of water in that location. They were truly stuck and there is no way they could have escaped unassisted." (gulp)

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What are they doing in our harbour? Well, they're fishing for sound (with a hydrophone) to hear fish, seals, waves etc. 
OOR_Scintilla are an Edinburgh-based experimental sound-art duo working across sound, music, performance and sculptural production.
There will be a Tragicom Collective exhibition of "Slugs and Snails", on 12th October 4pm at West Barns Arts, Old School, School Brae, starting at 1pm. OOR_Scintilla's performance will be at 4pm.
OOR_Scintilla work directly with objects and environments to explore the material poetics of sound, voice and place, emphasising physical forms of resonance, improvisation and sonic inhabitation as research into hybridised conditions - transmitted through audio works, performances and responsive installations/interventions.
OOR_Scintilla is presented by artists Louisa Love + Clive McLachlan Powell.
photo by Kenny Maule
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RNLI: "Thanks for all the kind messages regarding our crew's appearance on 'Saving Lives at Sea' last night. For those unable to access the BBC iPlayer, here's our video of the 'shout' to rescue three children from a cave near the harbour last November."   https://www.facebook.com/dunbarlifeboat/videos/2360155564091883/

"The children - Chloe, Luke and Rachel - did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard when they found themselves in trouble. Getting cut off by the tide contributes to a significant number of RNLI rescues every year and we encourage everyone to enjoy the coastline safely and advise to check weather and tides before you set out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear and make sure you have a charged mobile phone with you.
We're grateful to the children and their families for allowing their story to be told, helping us to spread such an important safety message.
While the programme rightly highlighted the skill and calmness under pressure shown by our helm, Gaz, and Becs and Jamie, it was a big team effort that day. Both our lifeboats were launched at the Coastguard's request and, as always, those that went afloat were supported by our dedicated shore crew volunteers who regularly remain at the station for the duration of a call-out to lend a hand when needed. It all helped contribute to a happy outcome."

photo courtesy RNLI

Children, please write an essay entitled: What did you do on your holidays?

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Can you spot the child on his way 'downnnnn' in this photo of our harbour mouth?

The coastguard is warning about the dangers of diving into harbours after a 12-year-old boy was injured at a harbour in Aberdeenshire. "What might have been a deep pool can become a shallow puddle just a few hours later and you don't know what's below the water. Please don't jump into the unknown."

Police have issued a stark and sombre warning over a popular controversial trend, after receiving multiple complaints over the last two weeks. Officers remind the public that there can be very tragic consequences of the adventurous craze, following "horrific injuries" and deaths happening in the last few years.

What is often called tombstoning - leaping into the water from harbour walls, cliffs or bridges - has led to more than 20 fatalities over the past decade and multiple injuries. Is your child safe?

Click "READ MORE" for a photo of many kids ignoring our harbour by-laws.

photos by Kenny Maule 

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Autumn storms will be here soon, so let's appreciate our sunny summer. Remember you can SUP all year round, there are many beautiful winter days.

Coast-to Coast:

photos by Kenny Maule

Click "Read More" for Jane doing some solitary SUP-ing!

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Our own 'yellow brick road' (aka slipway) is often a green brick road. To avoid slipping on the slipway the RNLI periodically spray the weed and restore a good grip.


The photo above shows RNLI Cox'n Gary doing a spot of light weedkilling, watched energetically by Denholm.

photos by Kenny Maule

Click "Read More" for photo 2, slipway clean!

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In early-September the Rowing Club decided to 'initiate' Tanya, a recently-new member, by stranding her on the Poo Buoy. Don't worry there was no screaming and shouting (well, maybe just a bit). PS: don't ask why it's called the Poo Buoy!

You can also get abandoned at sea, by joining the Club. We row all-year round, along our beautiful coastline.

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photo by Kenny Maule

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 Photo above: they're off!

This was the Club's annual 'Rudkin Memorial race', usually round' the Bass Rock, but much-shortened due to weather conditions. Five yachts, Aquila, Sona, Zig-Zag, Sundance and Cirrus the Cornish Shrimper, competed in a stiff breeze (Force 4--5): "that's the way they like it, Commodore".

In a tight race between the first three yachts, all single handed, the winner was Aquila, skipper Dave Anderson, with line honours and winning-on-handicap in a time of 39 mins 44 seconds. Congratulations, Dave!

During the summer season you can watch these races, starting at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, from the Battery. Bring your binos. 

photos from Kenny Maule and Dunbar Online.

Click "Read More" for photo 2, "in action".

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MPV Hirta (Marine Protection Vessel) was patrolling off Dunbar for several days in mid-September. Built at the Remontowa Yard in Gdansk, Poland she entered service in 2008. She has a crew of 17, a top speed of 18 knots and is used mainly for offshore enforcement tasks.

Britain's sea fisheries have been protected and controlled by the authority of Parliament for nearly 200 years, but in 1882 responsibility for protecting Scottish waters was given to Scotland, which currently has three ships in the fleet. MPV Hirta is the newest of our ships.

Tech details:

  • Call Sign: 2ANO9, Flag: United Kingdom [GB], Year Built: 2007
  • AIS Vessel Type: Law Enforce, Status: Active
  • Gross Tonnage: 2182, Deadweight: 741 t
  • Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 84.02m × 13.1m

Click "READ MORE" for her recent track up and down, off Dunbar.

photos courtesy www.marinetraffic.com

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The weekend programme of re-enactment started at the Battery with Aaron Johnston of the Scottish Battlefields Trust giving an explanation of the political situation, the battle's lead-up, the battle itself, and the following sad consequences; the audience noted the date today was Friday 13th Sept. Musket-men, in authentic military colours and costumes of hodden grey, gave a volley of shot over the embrasures towards the battle-site. The Battery theatre had a full-house with many American descendants of the battle's survivors' in attendance.

photos by Kenny Maule

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