We are delighted to announce that St Abbs Lifeboat has been awarded the Eastern Borders Development Association award for 2016.
Alistair Crowe accepts the award from Lord Lietenant Jeanna Swan.
“The Eastern Borders Development Association (EBDA) Award is made annually by the Trustees to a person or organisation who or which, through skill or effort, has made an outstanding contribution in social, economic or environmental fields in the past 12 months”
At a special 40th anniversary reception on the 6th March 2017, five members of our committee were presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire Jeanna Swan, in front of a specially invited audience which included previous award winners, local dignitaries and councillors from both the Scottish Borders and Northumberland County councils.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our local Councillor Jim Fullarton for our nomination, and also EBDA and its Trustees for awarding us this prestigious prize.
The St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” was launched this morning (9 Feburary 2017) at 9:15am to go to the assistance of the Eyemouth based trawler “Our Catherine, BRD 77” which was already under tow by the Eyemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat.
Derek Anderson’s video of Eyemouth Lifeboat, Our Catherine and the St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” entering Eyemouth Harbour.
“Our Catherine” had lost drive to her propellor a mile to the south east of Eyemouth Harbour. St Abbs Lifeboat took position astern of the trawler to act as a brake, and all three boats safely entered Eyemouth Harbour.
Our Catherine, BRD 77 bearthed in Eyemouth Harbour
St Abbs Lifeboat then returned to the station, was refuelled and made ready for service.
If you see an emergency at sea you should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
The St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” was launched at approximately 1.30pm on the 6 Feburary 2017 to go to the assistance of the Eyemouth based trawler “Boy Andrew, LH316” which had fouled her propellor.
Boy Andrew, LH 316 bearthed in Eyemouth Harbour
After fouling her propellor the skipper of the Boy Andrew directly requested the assistance of St Abbs Lifeboat. While the St Abbs Lifeboat is not yet a declared facility, we are able to activiate the paging system locally to shout the crew out to a call.
In deteriorating sea conditions and freshening winds the stricken trawler was taken under tow by fellow Eyemouth based trawler “Our Catherine, BRD 77” with the St Abbs Lifeboat acting as the brake vessel.
The small flotilla brought the stricken trawler and her crew safely back to her berth in Eyemouth harbour.
Declared Facility Status
St Abbs Lifeboat is currently working with H.M. Coastguard to achieve “Declared Facility Status”. This means that we will become an officially recognised part of the UK’s maritime search and rescue emergency services. And we will be tasked by the Coastguard to respond to any call outs in our area.
In this case the skipper of the trawler had contact details for a member of our team. However if you see an emergency at sea you should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Saturday 17 September 2016 will be a day long remembered in St Abbs. It was the day that we officially named our new lifeboat the “Thomas Tunnock”.
After a lot or hard work and the support of so many the big day was finally here. The weather couldn’t have been better and thousands of you came to see the lifeboat named.
Boyd Tunnock officially named our lifeboat the “Thomas Tunnock”, in honour of his late brother and grandfather. As a small thank you to the Tunnock family we were honoured to present them with a commerative glass plate, kindly created for us by local artist Julia Linstead, with the inscription:
“St Abbs Lifeboat – ‘Thomas Tunnock’. Present to the Tunnock Family by a Grateful Community – 17th September 2017″
Scotland’s First minister also attended the launch and had these kind words to say:
Our new lifeboat the “Thomas Tunnock” will be officially named and launched on Saturday 17th September 2016 at St Abbs Harbour. We would like to invite you come along and help us celebrate. The event starts at midday and the launch ceremony is at 2:30pm.
To ensure that every penny you have donated is spent on providing a life-saving service, we approached several locally based companies to sponsor our Launch Day event. Our grateful thanks therefore go to the following :
On launch day access to the village will be restricted, with a one way system in place around the village. Additional car parking will be provided at Northfield farm, with a shuttle bus running between Coldingham, Northfield and St Abbs during the course of the day.
What a great day we all had yesterday, thank you very much to every who came out to support us… It was by far the busiest Lifeboat Gala Day we’ve ever had!
To get the day to run as smoothly as it did takes a lot of work and a small army of volunteers. So we also need to say a huge thank you to all those who worked so hard in the run-up, and manned all the stalls on the day… you did a great job.
At four o’clock everyone walked down to the harbour to see a demonstration of our new lifeboat.
Thanks to the success of our Support St Abbs Lifeboat campaign, on 24th March 2016 we were able to announce that we have ordered our new lifeboat.
A rendering of our new lifeboat.
We’ve ordered a 900W Rigid Inflatable Boat from MST (Marine Specialised Technology Ltd) based in Liverpool. MST is the world’s leading provider of Rigid Inflatable and High Speed Workboats for military and professional use. They also build the RNLI’s E-Class Lifeboats.
“This is an ideal boat for the rescue work we are involved in at St Abbs and will increase the Search and Rescue capabilities along the Berwickshire Coast. We look forward to St Abbs coming back on station as an accredited SAR service…. The fundraising and hard work to achieve this continues on all fronts. Once we are in a position to do so, we will announce plans for delivery and launching of the service based around our traditional lifeboat day at the end of July.” – Alistair Crowe, Chairman of the St Abbs Lifeboat.
A lot of hard work went into selecting the right boat for the new St Abbs Lifeboat station. Back in January a small team visited MST, toured the factory and then took a run out on the Mersey in a demonstration craft. Our coxswains were very impressed with the performance and handling of the craft.
Our Coxswain Paul Crowe takes the 900W demo craft out on the Mersey.
The make and model (MST 900W) of lifeboat we have ordered is also operated by Maryport Inshore Rescue Service (www.maryportrescue.co.uk). Back in January 2016 our fellow lifeboatmen in Maryport kindly showed a small group of us around their boat and station.
The “E-ON Spirit of Maryport” operated by the Maryport Inshore Rescue Services.
Technical details of the new lifeboat:
Name: Thomas Tunnock
Manufacturer: Marine Specialised Technology
Length LOA: 9 metres
Beam BOA: 3.05 metres
Beam internal: 1.95 metres
Draught: 0.7 metres or 1 metres to base of skegs at 100% fuel and 4 pax
Displacement approx.: 2600kg
Maximum speed: 40 kts (to be confirmed)
Fual capacity: 2 x 150 litres
Range approx.: 150 nautical miles (173 miles or 278 km)
Construction: Polyester Glass Reinforced Resin (GPR) construction using GRP protected marine ply under deck structure.
Engines: Twin OBM Mercury Optimax 200 HP units modified with PIRS (Post Immersion Restart System)
Survivor capacity: 12
If you would like to make a donation to the new St Abbs Lifeboat you can do it now on our Just Giving page
Members of St Abbs Lifeboat were very pleased to welcome an unexpected guest this afternoon (26th April 2016).
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was in the area and dropped in for a coffee and a chat. She knew all about our story and has been very impressed with the community spirit and our fundraising efforts to put a lifeboat back in our little village where it belongs.
She is now the proud owner of her own St Abbs Lifeboat hoodie which was very welcome considering the biting wind today.
We’d like to thank the First Minister for her visit and also our local MSPs and MP. Regardless of their political persuasion their support for St Abbs Lifeboat has been fantastic. The early day motion was raised in the House of Commons by our local MP Calum Kerr (SNP) and our local MSPs John Lamont (Conservative) and Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) are great supporters of the St Abbs Lifeboat.
We need your support to get our crew back on the water saving lives