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Diver rescued by St Abbs lifeboat crew

St Abbs station. Credit: ITV Border

A diver has been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulties just outside St Abbs Harbour.

The town's lifeboat was launched to rescue the woman just before seven o' clock last night. She was taken by helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The RNLI plans to close St Abbs lifeboat station this summer. The charity says changes in technology - not cost cutting - mean the station is no longer needed, and that they can provide a better service by closing it, and adding an extra lifeboat to the Eyemouth station two miles away.

But earlier this month volunteers criticised the decision, warning that the proposal would put lives at risk because of the area's popularity with divers.

Jim Clark Rally underway

The drivers have set off

Around 80 rally crews are heading for the forests around Northumberland and the Scottish Borders for this year's Jim Clark Rally.

The drivers crossed the start line at Springwood Park in Kelso at 8am, before setting off for the Kielder forest complex.

Thousands of spectators are expected to cheer on the teams as they compete over 45 stage miles.

The event marks the half-way point in the Scottish Rally Championship and Dumfries driver and ex-Scottish Champion David Bogie is favourite to win.

However, he'll face tough competition from Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong and Mike Faulkner from Kirtlebridge.


Border Weather - Sunday

Lowther Castle Credit: STEPHEN SMALLWOOD

Early rain will clear away eastwards this morning to leave a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers from the west.

Some of the showers may turn heavy later. Breezy with winds rather gusty along western coasts.

Cool in the wind with highs of 13°C.


Jim Clark Rally spectator safety warning

The organisers of this year's Jim Clark Rally have had a struggle to put together an event just 12 months on from the tragic accident in 2014.

At one point it looked like they would have to cancel the rally completely due to the amount of work required to change it from a closed tarmac event to a forestry event.

However, they've managed to put together the rally which has attracted 80 teams and thousands of spectators are expected to watch on Sunday.

The spectators going into the forests are being asked to adhere to the instructions given by organisers and safety marshals.

If we find any spectators ignoring these instructions and putting themselves or others in danger then we do have the right to cancel the stage. We want everyone to go out and have a fun day at the rally, but most importantly a safe day.

– Graeme Provest, Deputy Clerk of the Course

Final preparations underway for Jim Clark Rally

Jim Clark rally Credit: ITV Border

Rally teams from across the UK are making their way to Kelso for the Jim Clark Rally.

The event has been held on closed tarmac roads around the Berwickshire countryside for the past 18 years. However, following on from last year's event when three people were killed, it returns to the forest stages around the Kielder Complex in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

In 2014 a competitor lost control of his car and left the track, crashing into a group of people, killing three.

The accident prompted a major safety review into motor sport and new guidelines have been put in place. Every event now requires an increase in marshal numbers, mandatory training for the marshals and more communication with spectators.

Two marshal training events are taking place on Saturday, one in Newcastle and the other at Rally Headquarters at Springwood Park in Kelso between 6pm and 8pm.

Around 80 rally teams are arriving in Kelso for safety checks and driver briefings.

The cars set off from the showground in Kelso at 8am on Sunday.

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