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Eyemouth campaign for life saving equipment

Brian Judd and fellow campaigners on Eyemouth beach Photo: ITV Border

Campaigners in Eyemouth are raising money for life saving equipment at the town's harbour where a teenager was seriously injured after being swept out to sea.

The Berwickshire residents are fed up waiting for Scottish Borders Council to complete a safety review two months after the accident when waves washed 14-year-old Katie MacLean off steps at the harbour wall as she tried to pull a friend to safety.

Rescuers were stunned to find no lifebelts or safety equipment in the immediate vicinity during the June 4 incident.

The council have launched an assessment of safety provision in the area but locals are frustrated at the length of time it is taking.

One lifebelt has now been put in place but local residents and businesses want to provide more.

"We are aiming to raise money to buy lifebelts and rings.

"We have already got one and we have got promises and support from businesses to get more.

"We are hoping that the council will chip in and help us because I think it is really the council's responsibility to ensure beach safety.

"It would be nice to wait but the trouble is it has already been two months and it really is too long."

– Brian Judd, campaigner

Scottish Borders Council wishes Katie and her family well, and we hope for a full and speedy recovery following what was a very distressing incident.

We as a local authority treat the safety of our communities as a priority and therefore we are taking this incident very seriously and have established a high level review group.

This group is reviewing and assessing the water safety provision in Eyemouth, and this will inform a council-wide approach to ensuring the best possible way forward, not just for Eyemouth but for water safety across the Scottish Borders.

SBC would like to reassure residents that we will be keeping the public informed of the progress of this work.

We will continue to work with local communities and parents to increase awareness of local resilience arrangements through our resilient communities initiative.

– Scottish Borders Council