St Abbs volunteers vow to fight lifeboat station closure

St Abbs lifeboat volunteers have sworn to oppose the closure of their station with the support of the community.

That statement of intent was made at a community gathering after station master Alistair Crowe was called to an emergency meeting to discuss the RNLI’s decision.

But the RNLI has again declined to rethink, citing concerns over staffing levels and development costs.

RNLI chairman Charles Hunter-Pease addressed some concerns in a letter to local MSP Paul Wheelhouse and new MP Calum Kerr.

Mr Hunter-Pease wrote: “The unanimous decision by the charity’s trustees to close the lifeboat station was a difficult one and not taken lightly.”

The letter went on to acknowledge for the first time in correspondence that the cost to the RNLI of maintaining a station was a “consideration”. It was also revealed that the charity had concerns over crew levels in the future.

Meanwhile, a diver who saw their friend brought back to life by the St Abbs crew in a dramatic rescue has thanked the volunteers.

The crew raced to rescue the injured diver from rocks at St Abbs Head. It took them just five minutes to launch their boat and reach the woman, who they pulled, unconscious, from the water.

The injured diver’s companion said: “The quick response ... in my opinion, saved her life.”