THE Eyemouth RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat station held their annual Gala Day at Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth harbour on Saturday.

And the popular event attracted large crowds of people for the lifeboat tours, BBQ and bar, live music, emergency vehicles, stalls and activities.

However during the course of the day, the volunteers were called out twice to assist a fishing boat which had hit rocks south of Eyemouth harbour and also to a six metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with three people on board which had lost engine power while off the coast at Burnmouth, south of Eyemouth.

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The first call came shortly after 9am and both lifeboats, the all-weather ‘Helen Hastings’ and the inshore lifeboat ‘Sheila’ launched.

A RNLI crew member was put aboard the stricken vessel to assess the situation, which was then escorted safely back to Eyemouth harbour.

The Eyemouth lifeboats stood down, allowing the volunteers to resume helping out at the Gala however the pagers went off again.

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The people on board the RIB were very impressed and surprised to see three lifeboats approaching them, however the Dunbar boat ‘John Neville Taylor’ returned home as it was not required.

The RIB was on way to Berwick so after assessing the situation the Berwick crew with their Atlantic 85 lifeboat towed the casualty vessel towards Berwick harbour, escorted by Eyemouth RNLB ‘Helen Hastings’.

The RIB engine managed to re-start, so the tow was able to be released and the vessel safely entered Berwick harbour escorted by the Berwick boat.

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Eyemouth’s lifeboats were stood down and returned to Eyemouth harbour where the Gala Day festivities continued.

The volunteer crew then swapped back to flipping burgers and showing visitors around the lifeboats!