MCA: Lost winklepickers located in North Berwick Published: 12 February, 2008
AT 23.55 last night, Forth Coastguard received a 999 call from two winklepickers that had become disorientated in thick fog on a rising tide in North Berwick.
Forth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) tasked North Berwick and Dunbar Coastguard Rescue Teams to the scene and requested the launch of the North Berwick RNLI lifeboat who worked together to search an area of coastline to the West of North Berwick.
The two men were subsequently located by the Coastguard Rescue Teams and rescued by the Lifeboat. They are both reported to be safe and well.
Forth MRCC watch manager Angus MacIver said: “This was a difficult search for the teams in thick fog with visibility limited to just 20 yards. However, we are delighted that the two men have been successfully located and rescued and are now said to be safe and well.
“We would advise all coastal users to check the weather before heading out on any sort trip and to be aware of how easy it is to become disoriented in fog and the importance of taking adequate precautions. The winklepickers did absolutely the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard, which is why we were able to effect a swift and successful rescue.”
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