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RNLI say Eyemouth boat is in service

The RNLI say their Eyemouth crew have not been off service at any point today.

It's after St Abbs station crew claimed the Trent class all-weather boat in Eyemouth Harbour is confined to the harbour due to tidal restrictions.

A spokesperson at RNLI said: "The crew at Eyemouth were offshore doing an exercise today, but at no point were they off service. In the event there are tidal restrictions, which happens around 12 times a year, it would only be for 55 minutes at a time".

St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat volunteers are to protest later today against a planned closure of their station.

RNLI Eyemouth boat 'confined to harbour'

The RNLI boat at St Abbs Credit: ITV Border

An RNLI Lifeboat has been confined to the harbour for 2 and a half hours today, according to the RNLI service at St Abbs.

On their Facebook page, the St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat Station wrote: "Between the hours of 10am until 12.30pm today Eyemouth's Trent Class All-weather Lifeboat is confined to harbour, due to tidal restrictions....basically,there is not enough water in the harbour entrance for the boat to put to sea."

Volunteers in St Abbs are protesting later today against a planned closure of their station later this year.

The RNLI are planning to close the station following a review, and providing coverage to the 35 mile stretch of coastline with a new D class lifeboat from Eyemouth.

Lightning strike knocks out power to hundreds of homes

Around 500 homes in Houghton near Carlisle were left without power when lightning struck a transformer on an overhead power line. It happened between 5 and 6 am as storms passed through Cumbria. Electricity North West says engineers have managed to reconnect power to around 400 properties and are bringing in generators for the remaining houses.

Houghton near Carlisle was worst affected by the storms Credit: ITV News Border

In total, around 800 properties across Cumbria were left without power after storms swept across the county. Engineers are also working on issues in Kirklinton and Hawkshead. It's believed many will be reconnected in the next few hours and Electricity North West says it's not had any reports of further issues developing.

Woman dies after Cockermouth fall

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A 24-year-old woman has died after falling from Haystacks in the Lake District.

Cumbria Police and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a woman had fallen at 4pm on Wednesday 1st July.

An RAF Sea King helicopter and an air ambulance attended to assist in the rescue.

The woman was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she was pronounced dead after she sustained fatal head injuries.

She has been named as as Victoria Harris, aged 24, from the Manchester area.

During the same incident another woman was also winched to safety by the RAF helicopter but was uninjured.

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Broadband boost for Coldstream

Fibre Broadband Boost for Coldstream Credit: PA

Thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Scottish Borders are now able to connect to fibre broadband.

It's part of the £410 million project to introduce fibre broadband to Scotland.

£8.4 million has been put towards the project by the Scottish Borders Council in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities.

It’s really exciting to hear that so many premises in and around Coldstream are already able to connect to fibre broadband. It’s good to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband.

Access to high-speed internet technology is vital to both residents and businesses – which is why Scottish Borders Council chose to invest £8.4 million into the programme’s rollout.”

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

A further £126 million is to be contributed to the Digital Scotland programme by BT

Hundreds of people in Coldstream now have access to their best ever broadband speeds, and more will follow. As the fibre network extends across the Scottish Borders, making the most of it is vital. I hope local people and businesses will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.”

– Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director

Fibre broadband lets users to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time more quickly.

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