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A woman who nearly died in a diving accident at St. Abbs is supporting a campaign for an independent lifeboat for the village. The RNLI lifeboat was withdrawn last month following a review which indicated it was no longer needed. But Marion McFarlane, from Fife, who was rescued within four minutes earlier this year, says she wouldn't be alive now if it wasn't for a lifeboat in the area. She's been speaking exclusively to ITV Border.
Marion has been back to St. Abbs for the first time this week since coming close to death at the end of May. She was diving with three friends at the well known Cathedral Rock, just a few yards from the harbour, when her equipment failed, leaving her with no oxygen. The group were all experienced divers and had been 13 metres below the surface when Marion got into difficulties:
I realised my air had stopped being delivered to me. I banged on a rock to get my buddies' attention and then thought the only thing I could do was to go up and I saw my buddies as I was going up and then once I reached the surface nothing. I really did feel myself swallowing water and I just thought that was it, really.
On the surface the St. Abbs lifeboat crew was alerted and sprung into action, reaching Marion extremely quickly.
Former Coxswain, Paul Crowe, explained:
My son and a few of his friends were playing at the back of the harbour and they raised the alarm. They came round and got us, or me anyway, and I started to get kitted up and we were in the water and round there within four minutes, or back in the harbour within four minutes from start to finish, it all just happens in a flash as usual you know.
Having swallowed water and ascended very rapidly Marion was unconscious and at first the outcome looked bleak.
Another former crew member, Ian Wightman described the scene:
It didn't look too clever to be honest. When I first saw her I thought it definitely doesn't look too good but it was really reassuring when you saw here splutter and she became responsive and at that point we thought this could have a happy ending after all.
She was given oxygen and the crew helped to stabilise her before she was flown to hospital in Aberdeen, where she spent the next four days followed by a month off work.
She's now returned to St. Abbs to thank the people who rescued her.
Marion is so grateful for the rescue that she's now supporting the campaign for an independent lifeboat to be stationed at St. Abbs. The RNLI withdrew its boat last month. It said that after a review it felt that there was no longer a need for it and it was putting a second boat into Eyemouth just a couple of nautical miles down the coast. But Marion says after what happened to her she's convinced there is a need for a lifeboat here.
I would have died. When I was on the rocks my buddy was incredibly sure that I was not going to make it. I'll do everything I can to support them.
The RNLI's lifeboat left in September after more than 100 years, much to the distress of local people. The fundraising campaign for an independent lifeboat to replace it has already raised around 20 thousand pounds.
As for Marion, she plans to be back diving in St. Abbs very soon.
Mostly dry with sunny periods and a moderate northeasterly breeze after a chilly and frosty start in places.
There will be more cloud towards the east, with perhaps the odd shower.
Maximum Temperature 13°C.
A woman who nearly died in a diving accident at St. Abbs is supporting a campaign for an independent lifeboat for the village.
The RNLI lifeboat was withdrawn last month following a review which indicated it was no longer needed.
But Marion McFarlane, from Fife, who was rescued within four minutes earlier this year, says she wouldn't be alive now if it wasn't for a lifeboat in the area.
I would have died. When I was on the rocks my buddy was incredibly sure that I was not going to make it. Getting the oxygen was the key point.
A bright day is expected with sunny spells and just the odd shower possible.
With winds picking up a little, it will continue to feel cool.
Maximum Temperature 14°C.
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Police have waned the public to be aware of bogus telephone calls from people claiming they are from Santander in order to access personal bank information.
In a recent case, the caller asked questions about their personal banking details in order to gain access to their account. This call led to an amount of money being stolen from the victims bank account.
Police are urging people to be aware of the scam, particularly as the caller appears to have a lot of personal information.
Community Safety Inspector Jon Sherlock, said:
I would urge people across Cumbria to be wary of this type of call. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know to have your personal bank information.
My advice is to shut down, hang up, or close the door to anyone you don’t know. It isn’t rude – it is a sensible way to keep safe.
A bank will never ask for your personal details over the phone, their story may panic you and you’ll want to do the right thing. Take a breath, compose yourself, hang up and call the bank direct from another phone as the previous caller may still be connected.
Anyone with any concerns should contact Cumbria Police, Trading Standards, or Action Fraud, as appropriate. If you are unsure who to contact call Cumbria Police on 101 and we can give you advice.”