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A Chihuahua puppy died after being swept into Dunbar Harbour's chilly waters during strong winds at midday on Monday 7th Jan.

Local fishermen raised the alarm and alerted Dunbar’s lifeboat volunteers who raced to help the puppy's owner who had jumped into the harbour in an attempt to rescue his dog. The owner managed to swim to the other side and grabbed a ladder. Another RNLI crew member brought the puppy ashore but it did not recover. An ambulance transferred the man to hospital for treatment.

The drama occurred as strong, gusting winds came across from Belhaven Bay. There were significant gusts caused by the winds twisting through the harbour mouth and rotating across the harbour.

Dog owners have been urged by the RNLI to keep dogs on a lead when close to water and not to go after them if they get into difficulty. Move to a place the animal can reach safely and call. In most cases, the dog will probably get out by itself. If worried, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The crew's thoughts go to the dog's owner and family."

photo by Kenny Maule

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Julia held an information event at Dunbar Harbour on Tuesday 15th January in McArthur’s store meeting room; everyone was welcome. She plans to make her sculptures at the harbour, using discarded, washed up plastic drinks bottles and net-ends commonly found in the harbour and on local beaches. These sculptures highlight the plastic leaking into the sea and the value of this plastic that’s being wasted.

photo by Quentin Dimmer

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Rowing Club's Christmas Crew: rowing throughout the year, here photographed in the brilliant sunshine after partaking of (a little) mulled wine and mince pies. A different crew were out on New Year's Day just before the Loony Dook.

The Club expects to compete in the Skiffieworlds 2019 in Stranraer, July 7--13th.

photo by Kenny Maule

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 In 2012 Thelma Band had the idea of an event in the harbour-area focusing on families, local crafts and music. She got a positive response from her fellow directors of the Harbour Trust which set her on course to develop a format for Sparkling Dunbar.

The first festival took place on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The festival was well-supported by locals and visitors and was declared an outstanding success. The result was the repetition of the festival in the years that followed.

The festival has grown over the years but still follows the same format. Financing of the event has always been tight but support from local businesses has allowed it to continue on a non-profit basis. In order to assist with the finance and help ensure that the festival remains in the Trust's calendar, the estate of Thelma Band has donated £6000 to the Trust.

photo by John Band

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"Dear Harbour User,

In order that we can update our records please provide us with an up-to-date copy of Insurance for your vessel. 
Happy 2019 to all,

Quentin Dimmer,

Dunbar Harbour Master, tel 07958754858"

photo credit plus.google.com

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In September '17, the 9.9m fishing-vessel Solstice capsized in calm weather conditions, south of Plymouth. The skipper and crewman were rescued 5½ hours later but the owner was trapped and drowned in the wheelhouse. Solstice later sank.

The scallop dredger had recently been modified to operate as a stern trawler and was hauling a heavy catch on board when the capsize occurred. The crew did not have time to raise the alarm. As the vessel was not equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and the crew did not carry Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), they were wholly reliant on family and friends realising they were overdue and alerting the coastguard.

Safety lessons

Vessel owners should always ensure that stability assessments are carried out before and after any modifications are undertaken. Action should be taken to reduce excessive loads being lifted on board.

The Coastguard says; "Take the search out of search-and-rescue; fit an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and carry an EPIRB and/or PLBs. They can be life savers. Personal flotation devices should always be worn when working on deck and lifejackets should be worn or readily-available.

photo credit MAIB investigation report

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 Artist Julia Barton (right) visited Dunbar Harbour recently with MSP Joan McAlpine.

This was in preparation for an event at the Scottish Parliament which included our harbourmaster, Quentin. Julia's focus is on the effect of plastics in the sea and the importance of good housekeeping in coastal communities and harbours.

photo from @dunbarharbour

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The Teal, a dive boat owned by Caldive of Invergordon, has been in the harbour for several weeks. Its task was to check offshore outlets off North Berwick.

Where is the best place to wait for good diving weather?

Of course, it's sunny Dunny.


photo by Kenny Maule


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Have you spotted these dog bags? They're near the bridge

Eric Robertson recently installed the dispenser for use by owners who remembered to walk the dog but forgot their bags.

 Several dogs have requested another dispenser at Cromwell Harbour.

photo by Kenny Maule

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Do you remember the swimmer, Ross Edgley, 33, who stopped by in Dunbar Harbour this summer? He has become the first person to swim around Great Britain, making his way back to land in Margate recently. He had not been ashore since June 1, when he set off on his 1,780-mile aquatic journey. Ross said that even though he had not enjoyed EVERY moment of the swim, especially Scotland's jellyfish, his discipline kept him going.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” Mr. Edgley gasped with an exhausted happiness.

Swimming day-in and day-out in saltwater also turned his tongue dry and sore, making it hard for him to eat, swallow or talk. The solution? Coconut oil and yogurt, which helped him to overcome his soreness and keep going.

For more than 150 days, Mr. Edgley swam 6 to 12 hours a day. He spent the rest of his time eating and sleeping on his support boat, from where he documented his quest in episodes streamed online throughout his endurance swim.

photo: Ross Edgley's website

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