St Abbs lifeboat station to close

An RNLI lifeboat. Credit: PA

The RNLI lifeboat station at St Abbs on the south east Scottish coast will close this summer.

The station has been in existence for more than one hundred years.

But following a review, the RNLI says the station at Eyemouth, two miles away, can effectively cover the area with the addition of a new D class inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat station.

The lifeboat currently based at St Abbs - an Atlantic 75 Dorothy and Katherine Barr II built in 2002 - will be used in the RNLI’s relief lifeboat fleet for the remainder of its operational life.

The RNLI says the team at the lifeboat station has saved 226 lives, and rescued many more people, in its one hundred years of use.

Some locals are concerned the closure will lead to lives being lost.

But the RNLI says it'll continue to provide the best possible service to the community:

The RNLI does not take lightly any decision to close a lifeboat station and we understand that this will be disappointing for our crew, supporters and the community at St Abbs.

George Rawlinson, RNLI Operations Director