North Berwick incident: Coastguards deploy helicopter and lifeboats to rescue five children from water at Yellowcraig Beach

Coastguard rescue teams were forced to deploy a helicopter and lifeboats to rescue five children who had got into difficulties in the water at Yellowcraig Beach, North Berwick, on Sunday.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 9:17 pm

A post on North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team’s Facebook page said the rescue teams were called into action at around 1.45pm – though on arrival the children had made it safely to shore.

The post reads: “North Berwick CRT, Dunbar Coastguard, RNLI North Berwick Lifeboat and Coastguard rescue helicopter 199 were tasked to reports of three children in the water and a further two children on an inflatable being blown out to sea off Yellowcraig Beach, North Berwick.

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“Team immediately made their way to the scene. As North Berwick arrived on scene information was passed that all persons had been safely recovered to shore, were all unharmed and no further assistance was required. All rescue assets then stood down.

“Please remember, inflatables are great fun, but generally designed for pools. The slightest wind can quickly move you on the water, travelling significant distances in a short space of time.

“We would encourage no inflatables in the sea, but where you decide to venture out, tether the inflatable with a rope with an adult holding on to it at all times, keep close supervision of children and ensure everyone is wearing suitable equipment for the water.

“Remember if you see someone or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, cliffs, mud or water. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If in doubt, call!“There is an alternative contact number for the Coastguard, 01224592334 where you can pass information.”

Coastguards launched a rescue operation to save five children in the water at Yellowcraig Beach, North Berwick. Photo: North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team

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