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St Abbs Lifeboat – Going independent

07 September 2015
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So tommorrow at 9am the St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat Station will close. However this is not the end of the campaign to “Save St Abbs Lifeboat” we’re now looking at setting up our own Independant Lifeboat. While people often associate lifeboats with the RNLI. They are not resonsible for operating…

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“RNLI urged to reverse plan to close Scottish lifeboat station” article in the Financial Times

31 August 2015
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The Financial Times has published an article today (21st August 2015) by journalist Emily Cadman, titled “RNLI urged to reverse plan to close Scottish lifeboat station”. Ewan Gibson, a local resident leading the campaign to save the lifeboat, says there is “bewilderment, real genuine anger . . . a sense of betrayal” at the…

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St Abbs Lifeboat comes to the assistance of one of Our Fishermen

29 August 2015
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Our fishermen are the backbone of the community. They wake early before the sun has risen and head down to the harbour to take to the sea single-handed in their wee boats. It’s hard work hauling hundreds of lobster pots a day, and it’s also dangerous. Working single-handed, among the…

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Paul Boissier – We’re travelling the 450 miles to deliver the “Save St Abbs Lifeboat” petition to you personally

27 August 2015
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The petition will be hand-delivered to the RNLI HQ in Poole next Tuesday 1st September. The sheer numbers of people who are deeply concerned about this proposed closure demands that it goes directly to the executives of the RNLI who have made this flawed, heavily criticised and dangerous decision. You…

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Thank You – RAF 202 Squadron Search and Rescue

25 August 2015
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The RNLI are still proposing to close the St Abbs Lifeboat Station on the 8th September and then on the 1st October the RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopter service will be withdrawn from RAF Boulmer, Northumberland. Aftert the 1st October search and rescue helicopters will be operated by the…

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St Abbs Lifeboat Searches for Missing Surfer, Joined by RAF Sea King

23 August 2015
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The St Abbs lifeboat was called out today 6:20pm (23rd August 2015) to search for a missing surfer at Coldingham Sands. The St Abbs lifeboat was joined in the search by the RAF Sea King SAR Helicopter based out of Boulmer, Northumberland. Luckily the search for the surfer was called…

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“10,000 supporters implore: keep St Abbs lifeboat station open” article in The Times

21 August 2015
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The Times has published a two page article today (21st August 2015) by journalist Kenny Farquharson, titled “10,000 supporters implore: keep St Abbs lifeboat station open”. We’ve tried to be as positive as possible, because our goal is to stay under the umbrella of the RNLI,” Mr Gibson says. ”We’ve…

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Coming to the Rescue Again. This time for kayakers in distress

13 August 2015
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The lifeboat that the RNLI executive think they don’t need was called out yet again at 2.00pm today (13th August 2015). When one member of a group of three kayakers got into trouble behind the harbour wall, the St Abbs lifeboat was there to help in a matter of minutes.…

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Fisherman Saved by St Abbs Lifeboat

05 August 2015
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St Abbs Lifeboat was called out tonight at 7:55pm (5th August 2015) to go to the aid of a angler in trouble. The angler was in an inflatable ring with fins and a paddle.  As he rounded West Hurkur, at the northern most point of St Abbs Head, he got…

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Volunteers like Graham are the soul of the RNLI

29 July 2015
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We’d like to share the words of our crewman Graham Slack. Without volunteers like Graham there wouldn’t be an RNLI. I joined the St Abbs crew not long after I moved up here from Northampton only five years ago. It is said that Northampton is the centre of England and…

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